Sunday Assembly: Modern Humanity

Join us Sunday, February 12th in lovely Lola's Room with live music from the Sunday Assembly band, inspiring sharing from your community, and a thought-provoking lecture by technology journalist Klint Finley.

How to Be a Mindful Cyborg

We're all cyborgs now. Our computers, phones, and now even watches extend our consciousness, but also threaten to subsume our humanity. In this talk, technology journalist Klint Finley will talk about his own struggle to use technology mindfully and share some of the strategies he's discovered along the way. Sunday Assembly Programming Committee member Cami Pack recently interviewed Klint Finley. Here is an excerpt...

3 Signs You Might be a Mindful Cyborg

“We’re all cyborgs, when you think about,” Finley says. “We use technology to augment our minds and bodies constantly.”

Now when it comes to mindfulness, Finley is quick to point out this isn’t Buddhism or even psychology. He’s asking us to pay attention, to contemplate, to examine the rich layers of the lives we construct.

So how do you know you might be a mindful cyborg?

1. You feel on all the time (online, that is).

2. You’re open to cool techniques to streamline your cyborg-ways.

3. You want more meaningful experience. -- (maybe "experiences"?)

For Finely (Finley) it’s about being deliberate. “Contemplative computing is a process, not a product,” he says. “I’d definitely be worse off otherwise.”


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About the Speaker:  

Klint Finley is a reporter for, a fledgling game designer, and a long-time explorer of consciousness. As an early adopter of the Internet, smart phones, and social media, he's struggled for years to cope with the onslaught of information, interruptions, and distractions, wrought by technology. He's tried everything from smart drugs to productivity schemes to straight-up magick in his quest to control his own mind.

He co-founded the Mindful Cyborgs podcast in 2013 in part to share his experience and learn from guests about how they navigate the 21st century without losing their minds. More recently, he can be found writing the Mutation Vectors e-mail newsletter and playing and designing tabletop role playing games.

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February 12, 2017 at 11am - 12:30pm
Lola's Room in the Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97205
United States
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