Future Based2021-09-23T12:18:48+00:00

Nonhuman Nonsense: The Paradox of Anthropomorphism

Nonhuman Nonsense challenges the consensus with speculative art-sci projects. Trough design and art, they open up the discussion and enable access to underlying layers of politics, ethics and metaphysics. In this third podcast in the series 'Beyond Human Relations, Annika van den Born goes into conversation about how they transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical – telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible. Nonhuman Nonsense is founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm. Shownotes: 00:01:00 Introduction and relation tot he nonhuman / 00:07:00 The Pink Chicken Project / 00:12:00 Balancing speculations, debate and practice / 00:16:00 Pink Chicken on UN Conference / 00:20:00 Eating stones /

Sentientism: Evidence Based Compassion

Compassion for every sentient being: An unreachable Utopian vision, or practically attainable? In this second Beyond Human Relations podcast, Annika van den Born goes into conversation with Jamie Woodhouse, on Sentientism. Sentientism is a philosophy or worldview – a way of thinking about what to believe and what we should care about. Sentientists use scientific evidence and reason to work out what to believe in, so they reject supernatural beliefs. Sentientists also have compassion for all sentient beings – any being capable of suffering. Usually, this concerns human and nonhuman animals. What are exemplary cases for the broad practice of Sentientism? And what are the difficulties that Sentientists have to cope with in their research? After a 23-year career as management consultant, Jamie Woodhouse left his corporate

The Categorization of Migration Reality

Although migration and diversity are key factors in some of the most fundamental transformations of society today, there is still widespread unawareness and an abundance of myths around this topic. Moreover, the definition of “migrant” is highly divers and fluid. For example, did you know that in The Netherlands, if your mother or father was born abroad, you are considered an migrant too? And did you know that, depending on the reasons of migration, an immigrant has different rights and obligations? Migration and diversity have become highly politicised issues that play an important role in contemporary politics in many countries. But can we rely on quotas and numbers when it comes to human affairs? Prof. dr. Tesseltje de Lange specializes in European regulation of economic migration and integration

What a Strange Self!

Do I know myself through and through? Is there a clear distinction between myself and the other? Or am I always somewhat of a stranger to myself, while the other is strangely familiar? In this podcast philosopher and researcher Femke van Hout address these questions from the perspective of the philosophy of the body.


Cli-Fi Narratives -Telling you NOW

November 10 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm CET

Often going beyond the standard discourse, climate fiction depicts alternative scenario’s to climate change. For example, in Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, a team of scientists explore the expanding ‘Area X’ to document its mutated flora and fauna, causing us to wonder how species will adapt to climate change. Not only confronting us with how climate

New projects:

A project on the extraordinary nature of the ordinary things around us.

Future Based Scientific Imagination is a new project of the Future Based platform, hosted and curated by Sabine Winters. The philosophical quest of this project is based on the wish to understand more about the role of imagination in our understanding of the world. Furthermore, the different perspectives on the function of imagination, represents a wider perspective on questions on human knowledge: how we obtain knowledge and which beliefs we hold about the methodologies in acquiring knowledge. Special contributors are among other professor Vincent Icke, Astropreneur Nancy Vermeulen and Cybrog anthropologist Marques D Anderson. Read more.

Witchcraft made Science – how witchcraft created modern science.

Guided and curated by Lieke Wouters, we’ll be discussing how the common stereotype of the witch, the old crone wearing a black pointy hat while riding on a broomstick with a black cat in tow, stands in the way of important herstories about women healers, midwives and other non-conforming women and the impact of witch-hunts from the 16th century onwards on the development of science. What can we learn from these anti-patriarchal re-tellings and how do they influence our view on gender diversity in science? Read more.

Creating Life – A three part essay on human beings – being human

In a series of three video essays created in collaboration with Marjolein Pijnappels, we explore how life is created and sustained on our planet. Taking a closer look at human birth, mycorrhiza connectivity, chimerism and the pan-microbiome from a philosophical and personal perspective, Marjolein wants to shed light on the different perspectives on the ability to bear life, on being alive, and on what defines being a human being in this particular aspect of life. The research will run from June through December 2021, begins with a personal examination and reflection on the three topics around the theme “Creating Life”: Life Cycle, Multitudes, Networked Beings. The final result, in collaboration with a filmmaker, will be cast in three short video essays that will be presented on our website, and during a meetup. Read more.

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