The Being of Being Human
Jim Wilson in conversation with Rob Schmidt, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5

The stories of science fiction authors like Philip K. Dick frequently raise the question of what it means to be a human being. This question has resonated for audiences of both film and the written word. One of Dick's most famous novels, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, was translated to the screen as the cult classic movie Blade Runner. Many Rivers manager Jim Wilson has long been a devoted fan of Philip Dick's writing as well as many of the film adaptations of his work, largely due to the profound questions Dick poses in his work. Join us as two Many Rivers co-founders engage in conversation about the enduring fascination of the questions that Dick's work raises about human nature and the human spirit.

Jim Wilson and Rob Schmidt have long appreciated the capacity of science fiction authors to raise some of the same profound questions that religious and spiritual teachers have asked through the ages. Jim has been a full-ordination Zen monastic, a Buddhist Chaplain in an institution for the criminally insane, a Quaker, an essayist on spiritual matters, and a poet of many poetic forms. Along with Stuart Goodnick, they co-founded Many Rivers Books & Tea 15 years ago.


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