Smartphones: The Fetish of Scientism

Michael Haltenberger at The Deanery

Sun, May 22 at 6 p.m.   |   90 minutes

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n.An object that is believed to have magical or spiritual powers, especially such an object associated with animistic or shamanistic religious practices.

n.An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence.

We say we love our phones but do they love us back?

What is it we hope to get from them that we are willing to shut out the world, walk into people, sprain our ankle, ruin our eyesight and generally let our lives be curated by others rather than experience them?

Teacher: Michael Haltenberger

Michael D. Haltenberger has been teaching Comparative Religion at Hunter College for over a decade. His primary interest is the relationship between religion and science and how both affect the way we experience and behave in the world.


Venue: The Deanery

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