5. Why We’re So Polarized: The Intertwined Evolution of Cultural and Individual Development (repeat of Winter 2019 course) moderated by Lori Filipek




Why do we do what we do? How do we explain our presently polarized nation/world and our equally polarized selves? Can we get out of this mess? How? In our search for answers we will consider research in several disciplines as well as our own experience. We’ll look at how we learn. We’ll consider our personal values and beliefs and how our upbringing and our reactions to our upbringing help shape these values and beliefs based on our temperament and personality. Using these building blocks we’ll develop a story of the evolution of the intertwined system of culture and human consciousness that got us to where we are now and explore possible future scenarios. This is an intensive course covering recent science in several disciplines.

Lori Filipek is a retired geochemist. At age 49 she left a lucrative partnership in a consulting firm to get a degree in architecture. To help her understand why she did what she did Lori studied the works of complexity and systems theorists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, philosophers and theologians.

9 sessions, Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00, Jan 7-Mar 3