Homo Sapiens Report, the Future of Humanity

Jul 31, 2011
Convention Center Puerto Rico, room 208 ABC, Sunday Afternoon 31 July, 14.00 - 16.00

Title: Homo Sapiens Report, the Future of Humanity

Sponsors: IUPAC Scientific Committee and Executive Committee

Short description: The presentation includes the most important global issues confronting science-chemistry, including: for a positive future for humanity, must science – knowledge – take the lead?

Audience tags: chemistry-science leaders, decision makers, educators

Topic tags: future problems-solutions, sustainable development

Specific interest: generating enthusiasm for the creative future for chemistry

Country: international

Long description: Homo Sapiens Report, the Future of Humanity is a highly visual presentation by Oscar winner Michael Wadleigh on how a desirable future might be achieved. It spans the 130,000 years Homo Sapiens (HS) have been a fully modern species covering all major HS characteristics and institutions - social, psychological, physiological, political, economic, environmental - science thought experiments and symbolic graphics are used to understand where HS have been, what they're all about, and where they're likely going.
Conclusions include, that to say the least, present HS global behaviors and institutions of the last 230 years are not sustainable, even for the next 40 years. Solutions for global sustainability are enumerated: HS must change fundamental political-economic-environmental laws and education; for this, guiding questions (for science-chemistry) in a 130,000 year HS context include, "What is it to live life as a human being?", "What if everyone did what I-we do?"

Homo Sapiens Foundation is a self-funded nonprofit corporation which emphasizes global education and research on important planet-wide generalities of the species Homo Sapiens through its 130,000 years of existence, and projected into the future. The presentation "Homo Sapiens Report, the Future of Humanity" is an example, and a summation of the foundation's university course. The directors of the foundation are Michael Wadleigh and Dr Birgit van Munster, the foundation is based at Bryn Mawr, Cwmann, Wales.


Where-when: the event will take place on the first day of the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Puerto Rico at the Convention Center, 31 July 2011, 14:00 - 16:00.