head shot of Nicanor PerlasMeeting the Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

With Nicanor Perlas

June 21 and 22
Hawthorne Valley School, (GPS: 330 Cty Rte 21C, Ghent, NY, 12075)
Advanced registration and payment required by June 18
Seating is limited. Register early.

Although still in its earliest stages, artificial intelligence (AI) is radically transforming all aspects of society. With the immanent emergence of Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) and the illusory temptations of “transhumanism,” humankind stands at a crossroads. Nicanor Perlas makes an urgent plea. It is imperative, he says, that we take immediate steps to ensure that digitized technology is aligned to human values and priorities.

Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer, and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, and spiritualized science. He has advised UN agencies, the Office of the Philippine President and Congress, as well as cities and towns undertaking large-scale social threefolding projects. He has headed global and national civil society networks responsible for stopping twelve nuclear power plants, banning thirty-two pesticide formulations, and bringing about mainstream sustainable development, including organic farming in the Philippines. Perlas is a member of the Phillipine Senate Task Force on Artificial Intelligence. For the global impact of his work, he has received the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize), the Outstanding Filipino Award, and UNEP’S Global 500 Award.

The Emerging Spirit-Oriented Scientific Revolution
Lecture and Q and A
7 pm to 9 pm, Friday, June 21:
Hawthorne Valley School
Open to the public
Admission: Regular $20; Student, Apprentice, Intern $15

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book cover for Humanity's Last Stand by Nicanor Perlas, featuring the profile of a womanHumanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence: A Spiritual Scientific Response
Workshop
8:45 am to 12:30pm, Saturday, June 22:
Hawthorne Valley School
Open to people familiar with Anthroposophy
Admission: Regular $40; Student, Apprentice, Intern $30
This workshop is based on the Nicanor’s recent book, Humanity’s Last Stand, specifically for people connected to the Anthroposophical Movement. It is available online from SteinerBooks, or by phone 703-661-1594. Advance reading is highly recommended.

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For more information or questions, contact Gary Lamb by email or at 518-672-4465 x223.

Directions & Drive Times

Approximate Drive Times

  • Albany, NY – 40 min
  • Brattleboro, VT – 2 hrs
  • Hartford, CT – 1 hr 30 min
  • Lenox, MA – 45 min
  • New York, NY – 2 hr 30 min
  • Poughkeepsie, NY – 1 hr
  • Springfield, MA – 1 hr 15 min

Hawthorne Valley is located in Harlemville, NY in central Columbia County, easily accessible via:

  • Taconic State Parkway
  • I-87
  • I-90/Mass Pike
  • Amtrak to Hudson, NY (with a taxi from the station)

 

Google Maps

To Farm, Store, and Association Offices

To Waldorf School

To Farmscape Ecology Program

 

Traveling from . . .

NYC & Surrounding Area

Via Taconic State Parkway – Travel time: 2.5 hours

  1. Take the Taconic State Parkway North until Harlemville/Philmont/217/21c exit.
  2. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp heading East towards Harlemville and travel 1½ miles to Hawthorne Valley.
    – Farm and Association Administrative Offices will be on the Left.
    – Waldorf School will be on the Right.
    – To reach the Farmscape Ecology Program Creekhouse, continue through Harlemville and make your first Left onto Harlemville Road. The Creekhouse is about 1/2 mile up on the Left. It has brown siding and is visible from the Main Campus.

Note:  Commercial vehicles are not allowed on the Taconic Parkway. Follow the directions Via I-87 if you are coming in a commercial vehicle from NYC and points south.

Via I-87

  1. Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 21
  2. Follow signs for Route 23 East and stay on Route 23 over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.
  3. Follow Route 23 East to the 2nd traffic light (approx. 5 miles), which is the intersection of Routes 9H, 23, and 82.
  4. Make a left at the light onto 9H/23.
  5. Follow for 4 miles into town of Claverack.
  6. At light, make a right onto Route 23 East.
  7. Follow approx. 1½ miles then take a left onto Route 217 which branches off to the left (there is a sign for Philmont).
  8. Follow Route 217 through the town of Philmont and continue until it passes under the Taconic State Parkway, at which point the road changes to route 21C.
  9. Hawthorne Valley is 1½ miles from where the Taconic State Parkway crosses the road.
    – Farm and Association Administrative Offices will be on the Left.
    – Waldorf School will be on the Right.

    – To reach the Farmscape Ecology Program Creekhouse, continue through Harlemville and make your first Left onto Harlemville Road. The Creekhouse is about 1/2 mile up on the Left. It has brown siding and is visible from the Main Campus.

 

Albany

  1. Follow signs to Boston (Interstate 90 East).
  2. Take Exit B2 for the Taconic State Parkway.
  3. Head South on Taconic State Parkway and follow as above from NYC via Taconic State Parkway, exiting at the Harlemville/Philmont/217/21C.

Travel time: 40 minutes

 

Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire

  1. Connect with Mass Pike (I-90) heading West, crossing into New York State.
  2. Take Exit B2 for the Taconic State Parkway and head South.
  3. Follow as above from NYC via Taconic State Parkway, exiting at the Harlemville/Philmont/217/21C.
Accommodations

Listed below are some contacts for conveniently located, economically priced room rentals. There are many other locally-owned Bed & Breakfasts and hotels in Columbia County. You can click here to see local bed & breakfasts and hotels.

Contact Location Phone Number
Christiana Williams Harlemville 518-672-4332
Carol Block Philmont 518-672-4516
Caroline Stern Philmont 518-672-4325
Laura Summer Harlemville 518-672-7302
Jeanne Bergen Philmont 518-821-7346
Trisha Waters Chatham 518-392-3969
E-Vam Institute Chatham 518-392-6900
Free Columbia House Philmont 518-672-4090
Lauren & Dominic Wolff Harlemville 518-672-5002
Safina Callesen & Ingo Hertle Harlemville 518-672-4315
Christiane Marks Copake Falls 518-392-5377
Monica Talaya Amstutz Harlemville 518-610-1420
Fox Hill Campgrounds Austerlitz 518-392-3714