Emerge2013: The Future of Truth

Emerge: Artists + Scientists + Engineers + Humanists + more Redesign the Future

Emerge2013: The Future of Truth

Emerge2013 will unite those making the future and those thinking about what it all means.

Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013
Arizona State University / Tempe, Arizona

We understand the world through stories. Our stories may be rooted in rigorous fact or unbounded imagination but, being incomplete, they are always lies. Many are useful, however, because humans are pattern-seeking animals. Stories are the way we make sense of a complex world. We build our very selves through the stories that make sense to us – that we chose to believe.
So what is the future of truth?
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“festival for dreamers …” (AZ Central) 

“The whole idea is to throw sparks and light people up”
“You have to get people invested in the future as something they can change”……continue reading

“melds science and art to help envision the future…” (Phoenix New Times)

“…..you don’t have to be a geek, nerd, or egghead to attend”.
“Though it’s true that the forward-looking event, which aims to envision mankind’s future through a melding of art and science, is a cerebral experience…..” continue reading

“combine creative forces …” (The State Press)

“… was the future of truth and the idea that no one person or profession has a lock on truth, but by bringing everyone together, it would create something that is larger than the sum of its parts.” continue reading

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