With marijuana legalized in Washington, we have new ways to enjoy experiences amongst friends, as well connections to the world around us. What can we do now that was previously enshroud in taboo? The Goodship wants to take big, exciting, heady conversations out of the basement and into a shared community experience. That’s what inspired The Goodship Higher Education.
In partnership with the Stranger and the Cloud Room, The Goodship Higher Education presents intimate conversations with some of our regions most brilliant minds, covering topics from space travel to re-animation to modernist cuisine. Our goal is to present some of the most innovative, mind-bending, revolutionary and extraordinary ideas happening in art, technology, science and philosophy. We invite both the audience and speakers alike to hop “on the Goodship” (read: have consumed marijuana). This allows us to look at the world through a difference lens, and we think that it is a fun and enlightening experiment to partner altered states with big ideas.
The lecture series of The Goodship Higher Education takes place on a monthly basis during the Spring and Fall of each year. With a focus on exploring uncharted territory, lead by the most innovative and successful experts in their fields, The Goodship Higher Education takes us through mind-bending applications of science, arts, and social development, and how they help shape the future of humanity and culture.
Lectures will take place on a quarterly basis in 2017, and please check the specific event for venue information. Doors open at 7:00 and lectures start promptly at 8:00pm.
Lecture 1: February 9 at Melrose Market
Stay tuned for new lecture dates and locations.
In a galaxy of a trillion planets, it’s hardly unreasonable to believe that there are other worlds with not only life, but intelligent life. For a half-century, a small group of scientists has tried to detect cosmic confreres with experiments designed to eavesdrop on their radio transmissions. But so far, there’s not been a peep from the cosmos. Does this mean that humans are the smartest beings in this part of the universe – or maybe in all of it? We’ll talk about how we’re scanning the skies, and what could account for the silence so far.
Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.
He has written more than four hundred popular magazine, newspaper and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at Stanford and other venues in the Bay Area, and for six years was a Distinguished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”
Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic).
Tobias Coughlin-Bogue of The Stranger joined us for Lecture 2 of The Goodship Academy of Higher Education featuring Lesley’s Hazleton on the topic of infinity. His recap is an insightful look into the experience of the night. Check it out here!
The Seattle Times’ Bob Young recaps Lesley Hazleton’s lecture for Higher Education, and probes into some of the conceptual questions driving the series, like are people really more creative when they’re high? Read his thoughts, as well as comments from lecture attendees! Full article here.
Julie Weed of Forbes explores the founder of the Goodship, Jody Hall’s, mission to integrate pot into today’s culture in a positive way, and bring heady stoned talks out of the basement and into the light. “Pot will eventually be as commonplace as alcohol and cigarettes. It can be a party experience, but there is also a place for marijuana in a more sophisticated setting.” Read the article here.
Amanda Manitach of City Arts sits down with Goodship founder, Jody Hall, to dig into the inspiration behind The Goodship Academy of Higher Education. She talks through the details of the series and introduces its charge, a dream Jody’s had since before the Goodship ever launched. Read the article here.
Jody Hall joins Jeannie Yandel in Seattle’s NPR KUOW studios to speak candidly about The Goodship, what drove her to start the company, and what she hopes for the future of pot culture. Listen to her interview here.
Teri Citterman of the Puget Sound Business Journal interviews Jody Hall on everything from her roots at Starbucks, to her journey as the queen of the Cupcake Royale empire, to her innovative approach at The Goodship, including the Academy of Higher Education. Read the article here.
INTERVIEWED BY GREG LUNDGREN
Join us for a lively evening of conversation as we explore monogamy, open relationships, and what may be the dawn of a relationship revolution. Acclaimed author, LGBT rights advocate, and sex-and-relationships columnist Dan Savage shares his ideas and attitudes about how we navigate healthy, honest and sexually fulfilling relationships, and reimagine partnership in the 21st century. Greg Lundgren will interview Savage and open up the conversation to the larger Goodship audience.
Just ten years ago, only 36% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Now, California, the sixth largest economy in the world, is poised to join the ranks of Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Uruguay in substituting regulation for prohibition. The prospect of new tax revenue certainly has played a role in shifting American and international attitudes toward cannabis. But an increasing awareness of the criminal justice system’s limitations as a tool for addressing social challenges has played an even larger one.
Welcome to the 5th Facade is a multi-year design project that has taken many unexpected forms. Beginning as a built park project on a large rooftop in Korea, it became a conceptual urban design project, a research project, a fairy tale, a film, a comic book and possibly… a real project again. Join us as Alan explores the evolution of the creative process, and how the line between fantasy and reality can be blurred if you let creativity guide you.
Current funerary practices have come to us almost accidentally – part historical convention and part funeral industry mandate – and they are environmentally atrocious. When left to the status quo, the last thing that most of us will do on this earth is poison it. Death is a natural part of life. If we revisit how we treat death, it has the potential to deepen our connection to nature’s cycles, and remind us that all humans are equally valuable. In the future we envision every human death creating deep and lasting ecological wealth.
Because death is momentous, miraculous, and mysterious. Because the cycles of nature help us grieve and heal. Because our bodies are full of life-giving potential. The Urban Death Project proposes a new option for laying our loved ones to rest.
Atlantis Project strives to create a permanent structure at the limit of the Earth’s atmosphere and Space, which we call a Spacescaper. The technology available is almost capable of creating said structure, so we investigate the best ways of solving the physical and economic problems. The purpose of creating this structure is varied, from R&D, to launches into space, to space tourism, to high-rise real-estate. More than an end in itself, though, it is a means to an end, which is bringing Space closer and pushing our Space limitations further.
Over the next couple of decades, we will see some very exciting and strange things come to pass. Perhaps the most profound, both in its practical implications and for our self-concept, is increasingly capable machine intelligence. We are also seeing some other profound shifts in human identity, including the changing socioeconomic correlates of gender. We’ll look together at some recent developments and connections between these two seemingly disparate topics.
Infinity is a major mind blow (David Foster Wallace called it “everything and more”). It’s where the rational appears dizzyingly irrational, and cool logic becomes white hot. Lesley walks us through what happens when the human mind conceives of the inconceivable. Warning: you may feel like you’re flying.
Explaining Einstein’s twin paradox through the lens of suspended animation research, Dr. Mark Roth, a MacArthur “genius,” Fred Hutch basic scientist and biopharmaceutical entrepreneur, will share how understanding the biological processes that control metabolism may provide new insights into physics and space-time. The implications of his “hibernation-on-demand” research are profound, from space travel to more down-to-earth concerns, such as buying time for the critically ill and even extending longevity. It promises to be a thought-provoking, cosmic ride.
Dan Savage is a columnist, author, TV personality, and activist best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.
Savage’s sex advice column, “Savage Love,” is syndicated in newspapers and websites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, and The Onion.
Savage is also the author of numerous books, including: The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America; and The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family. In his latest bestselling book American Savage, Dan shares his insights on topics ranging from marriage, parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education. It’s Dan’s frank and open discussions on such topics that had Publisher’s Weekly rave why he is “America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay rights activist.”
Alison Holcomb is a policy advocate and campaign director with the American Civil Liberties Union. She was lead author of Initiative Measure No. 502, legalizing cannabis under Washington state law, and directed the campaign that secured its passage. I-502’s victory has afforded Holcomb multiple opportunities to share experiences, information, and ideas with government officials and civil society advocates across the U.S. and in several countries considering drug policy reforms—including Uruguay, the first country to legalize cannabis.
In 2014, Holcomb joined the staff of the national ACLU to launch and direct its Campaign for Smart Justice, focused on erasing the United States’ disgraceful distinction of leading the world in incarcerating people. This work drew her focus to the South, and she is currently serving as Senior Adviser to Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s “Yes on 780+781” campaign while also guiding the ACLU of Washington’s efforts to secure legislative repeal of the death penalty.
Holcomb’s prior work has included collaboration on the creation of Seattle and King County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and the adoption of Washington’s 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law. Before joining the ACLU, Holcomb defended the accused in state and federal courts for more than a decade. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington.
Photo by Paul C. Miller
Mark Roth, Ph.D., is a cell biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he studies fundamental biological processes. Since joining Fred Hutch in 1989, Roth has explored a variety of research paths, but his work in suspended animation and “hibernation on demand” has garnered the broadest attention.
Roth’s research in metabolic flexibility has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Esquire, PBS’ “NOVA” and a CNN documentary, “Cheating Death.” He also presented this work at TED2010.
His studies on biological limbo may seem on the fringe, but by understanding the mechanisms of metabolic shutdown, researchers one day may be able to find a way to induce the process for clinical benefit, such as by preventing ischemic injury in trauma situations.
Roth is also president of Faraday Pharmaceuticals, a Seattle-based company pursuing the development of elemental reducing agents, from selenide to iodide, to improve patient outcomes.
His honors and awards include receiving a MacArthur “genius grant” and a Significant Technical Achievement Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
Olson Kundig is a Seattle based design firm that practices internationally and specializes in residential, cultural and commercial projects. Alan Maskin leads projects that wander off the beaten path of traditional architecture. He recently won two international design competitions – a new museum in Berlin, and The Fairy Tales 2016 Competition. Recent projects were inspired by an ancient Aesop’s fable, four paintings by Edward Hopper, and a film directed by Wong Kar Wai. His portfolio includes designs for museums, parks, exhibits, installations, a feasibility study for a world monument, residential design, and furniture design.
Nickel is currently the lead researcher for Atlantis Project. She’s passionate about the cutting edge evolution of Space Technologies for humans. Nickel was a head organizer in Bessie Coleman Fly Girls in Denver, a program guided to helping inner-city children earn scholarships for and learn about aerospace. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.S.).
Megan is a psychic, energy healer and yoga teacher extraordinaire, having trained and practiced in said fields since 2001. She keeps busy running her private practice, Mother Earth Medicine (www.mother-earth-medicine.com
We received several requests for Megan’s contact information after the lecture. For those who’d like to reach out to her directly, her email address is email@example.com.
Blaise leads an applied research team at Google focusing on Machine Intelligence. Until December 2013, he was at Microsoft, where he worked in a variety of roles, from inventor to strategist, and led teams with strengths in interaction design, prototyping, computer vision and machine vision, augmented reality, wearable computing and graphics.
He joined Microsoft when his startup, Seadragon, was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. He has given talks at the TED conference on Seadragon and Photosynth (2007), and Bing Maps (2010). In 2008, he was awarded the TR35 and in 2011, he was knighted a Distinguished Engineer.
Writer and psychologist Lesley Hazleton, aka The Accidental Theologist, has spent the past fifteen years thinking and dancing at the intersection of politics, religion, and history in a series of acclaimed books. Now her new book, ‘Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto’ (due out in April), carves out a whole new stance toward the so-called “big questions,” ending up — where else? — in infinity.
From Lesley: “I’m always asking questions — not to find ‘answers,’ but to see where the questions lead. Dead ends sometimes? That’s fine. New directions? Interesting. Great insights? Over-ambitious. A glimpse here and there? Perfect. So you’ll find none of the comfort of received opinion here. No claim to truth, let alone Truth (that capital T always makes me nervous). None of that astounding confidence (aka hubris) that cloaks ignorance and prejudice. The aim is to question, to explore, to keep my mind — and yours — open, raise some sparks, and see what happens.”
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