Carl Wellman, professor emeritus of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, 94 | The Source

Philosopher Carl Wellman, the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, died of natural causes Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. He was 94.

Wellman (left) with his wife, Farnell Parsons, and their son Christopher. (Photo courtesy of the family)

Born in 1926 in Lynn, Mass., Wellman grew up in Manchester, N.H. As a child, he fought a long battle with Steven-Johnson syndrome and after high school, at his doctors’ recommendation, studied at the University of Arizona, in hopes that the desert climate might improve his health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1949, double-majoring in philosophy and political science.

Wellman then pursued his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University. He received Harvard’s Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, enabling him to spend a year at Cambridge University. There, he studied unpublished manuscripts by

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Scores lineup to be tomorrow’s educators in Santa Fe Public Schools | Education

A retired justice of the peace, an accountant and a former firefighter could all be heading to classrooms this fall following a job fair for aspiring educators hosted by Santa Fe Public Schools on Wednesday.

Joshua Winkel, who served in the Air Force, worked as a firefighter and has taught at a community college, was among at least 10 people who walked out of Santa Fe High School with a job offer.

Winkel, who grew up in the area and moved back in June, hopes to teach high school students. He has master’s degrees in business administration and emergency management. But now he’s setting his sights on an alternative license to teach either math or science.

He first turned to teaching after health issues forced him to step away from firefighting in Kirtland. He taught fire sciences at a junior college.

“I think I’d start with subbing just to make

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Militaries plunder science fiction for technology ideas, but turn a blind eye to the genre’s social commentary

Military planning is a complicated endeavour, calling upon experts in logistics and infrastructure to predict resource availability and technological advancements. Long-range military planning, deciding what to invest in now to prepare armed forces for the world in thirty years’ time, is even more difficult.

One of the most interesting tools for thinking about future defence technology isn’t big data forecasting and the use of synthetic training environments, but narrative and imagination. And we get this from science fiction.

That might sound fanciful, but many militaries are already engaging with the genre. The US military and the French army use science fiction writers to generate future threat scenarios. The Australian Defence College advocates for the reading of science fiction and, in Germany, Project Cassandra uses novels to predict the world’s next conflict. The Sigma Forum, a science fiction think tank, has been offering forecasting services to US officials for

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