Why does a nest of bees or ants appear to have such vastly greater intelligence than a single insect of the same species? Why do motorists in traffic circles get into far fewer accidents then drivers at an intersection with traffic lights? Why does the stock market appear to have a “mind of its own”?
“Emergence” is an exciting new area of scientific and interdisciplinary research that parts company with much of the history of science in recognizing that it’s possible for there to exist a complexity or complex system that is decidedly a “whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts”. . .and that cannot remotely be predicted by the traits of any of those parts.
Peter D. Skiff, PhD, is Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Bard College. This exciting talk in Tunxis’s ongoing Proof & Possibility lecture series discusses the history and philosophy behind the modern science that produced emergence studies—even as this new field departed from what many modern philosophers narrowly foresaw as possible for science in the first place.
view video | 69 min.
Brian Turner, a CT Poetry Circuit Poet, read his poetry for the Humanities Department’s Afternoon of Poetry and Music on Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014. A Q&A and book signing followed the reading.
Brian Turner served in the US Army for seven years and spent time in Iraq and Bosnia. He has published two poetry collections and a memoir. More information about Brian Turner may be found here:
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Carol Haislip of the International School of Protocol gave an informative workshop on job interviewing skills on October 22, 2014
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Civil Discourse: Peace Building Within Our Reach with Carol Haislip of the International School of Protocol
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The topic was “What Connecticut Can Do to Begin Growing”. On October 9, 2014, James C. Smith of Webster Bank and alumni Herbert Browne IV spoke to our guests comprising of student’s, sponsors, board members and community leaders. The Tunxis Community College Foundation prides itself in its 43rd year of service to the College.
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On Monday, September 29th, 2014 four panelists spoke about an aspect of the debate on the legalization of marijuana and the U.S. Constitution. The panelists were Professor of History Robert Brown, Professor of History Fran Coan, Professor of Criminal Justice Ren Marchand, and Professor of History Rafaele Fierro. The topics covered an aspect of the topic including the historical perspective centered on the 18th Amendment, the issue of federalism, and law enforcement. Professor Robin Knowles moderated the event. Music used with permission through Creative Commons-”Propaganda” by Jammin Inc (jamen.do/a/6249)
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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world in late September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Tunxis celebrated the event with tolling bells, children making “joyful noises” speakers and a campus-wide collaborative art project.
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“Passing Through” is an installation of 48 life-sized stainless steel silhouettes that represent students hiking and engaging in related activities, placed in various locations on the walls of the 600 Building at Tunxis Community College. Tunxis students modeled for the silhouettes, making this a community project and connecting the installation to the college’s population at the point in its history when this major addition was built during Phase II of construction at the college. Participants were selected based on essays they wrote about their journey to Tunxis.Installation by Brad Guarino. Music courtesy of HiGhMaS.
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Quality assurance thought leader Michael Halal—former Senior VP in the area of change management and production assurance at Citigroup and now quality assurance manager at a leading professional services automation software company spoke at Tunxis Community College.
He gave an exciting follow-up workshop on interview essentials the next morning, Fri., 6/6 from 9-10:30 a.m.—our third annual Φilosophy & Φood workshop—for ambitious young people who wanted to transcend the habits of any one generation and make optimal use at interviews of eye contact, ideas…and silence.
view video | 94 min.
Quality assurance thought leader Michael Halal—former Senior VP in the area of change management and production assurance at Citigroup and now quality assurance manager at a leading professional services automation software company— gave a philosophy of business talk on the millennial generation we’re all encountering. Mr. Halal’s unique perspective is that the very concept of this collection of traits as a coherent set is largely a luxury of an invention built on the credit of past American successes—and something that can’t be sustained. It’s edgy, and I think we’re fortunate to be an academic community where a speaker’s views don’t necessarily have to align with our own. But I think you’ll find Halal does make at least quite a provocative case! His title is tellingly “There’s No App That’s the Same Thing As a Good Idea.”
view video 102 min.