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2018 Smoke Farm Symposium: Watersheds, dementia and 'fake news'

There’s a former dairy farm located in Arlington, Washington called Smoke Farm. It’s run by the nonprofit Rubicon Foundation, an organization “dedicated to giving people time, space, and a supportive community to explore ideas.”

Among the variety of gatherings Smoke Farm hosts, its annual symposium is a highlight for Speakers Forum. This year’s event included talks about management of the Columbia River watershed, the musings of an accidental theologist, how we deal with dementia and death, the intersection of artificial intelligence in “fake news,” and a new gothic tale in an age of assault.

The 10th annual Smoke Farm Symposium took place on September 8. This year's speakers include natural historian Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, author and "accidental theologist" Lesley Hazleton, UW professor of medicine Dr. Barak Gaster, Google software engineer and designer Blaise Agüera y Arcas, and author Rebecca Brown.

Please note: these talks contain unedited language of an adult nature.

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