The Illusion of Certainty: Risk, Probability, and Chance / World Science Festival

diciembre 03, 2011


Full 90 Minute Program: Stuff happens. The weather forecast says it’s sunny, but you just got drenched. You got a flu shot—but you’re sick in bed with the flu. Your best friend from Boston met your other best friend from San Francisco. Coincidentally. What are the odds? Risk, probability, chance, coincidence—they play a significant role in the way we make decisions about health, education, relationships, and money. But where does this data come from and what does it really mean? How does the brain find patterns and where can these patterns take us? When should we ditch the data and go with our gut? Join us in a captivating discussion that will demystify the chancy side of life.

World Science Festival 2010 / Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus

mayo 13, 2011


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Is our response to music hard-wired or culturally determined? Is the reaction to rhythm and melody universal or influenced by environment? John Schaefer, scientist Daniel Levitin, and musical artist Bobby McFerrin engage in live performances and cross-cultural demonstrations to illustrate music’s noteworthy interaction with the brain and our emotions.

World Science Festival 2010 / Astronaut Diary: Life in Space

mayo 13, 2011


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Astronauts who’ve lived on the International Space Station and “walked” in space tell all: what it’s like to ride on a space ship, and to eat, sleep, exercise, and even do science—in space. Hear firsthand from the world’s most intrepid explorers—including astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Leland Melvin, and Sandra Magnus—and Dava Newman, designer of an innovative spacewalking suit, about what it’s like to soar upward and leave our home, planet Earth, behind. Journalist Miles O’Brien moderates.

World Science Festival 2010 / Food 2.0: Feeding a Hungry World

mayo 13, 2011


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By 2050, one of every four people on Earth will go hungry unless food production more than doubles. Science-based agriculture has proposed unconventional new tools—earthworms, bacteria, and even genes from sunny daffodils—to meet this towering challenge. But will such innovative ideas be enough? And can we bridge the ideological divide over genetically modified foods that separates scientists and environmentalists? What role does eating and farming locally play in the next green revolution? Pamela Ronald, Louise Fresco, and Monty Jones—influential voices from a wide variety of perspectives—engage in a spirited discussion and debate on issues vital to our future.

Made possible with the support of the John Templeton Foundation, as part of the Big Ideas Series

World Science Festival 2009: Avian Einsteins, Part 5 of 5

enero 17, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Avian Einsteins, Part 4 of 5

enero 17, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Avian Einsteins, Part 3 of 5

enero 17, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Avian Einsteins, Part 2 of 5

enero 16, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Avian Einsteins, Part 1 of 5

enero 16, 2011

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June 13, 2009

How do we learn to speak? What is the connection between language and movement? Join a broad and distinguished panel on an exploration of how striking parallels between bird and human brains are providing sharp new insights into how we acquire language and the links between hearing and movement.

This event was moderated by Faith Salie and features author Jonathan Rosen; neurobiologist Erich Jarvis; scientist and noted bird researcher Irene Pepperberg; professor of comparative cognition at Cambridge University, Nicola Clayton; Head of the Laboratory of Animal Behavior at CUNY, Ofer Tchernichovski; and David Rothenberg, professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"Avian Einsteins" also features a special appearance by Snowball, the world famous dancing cockatoo, and owner, Irena Schulz.

World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 5 of 5

enero 12, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 4 of 5

enero 12, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 3 of 5

enero 12, 2011

World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 3 of 5 from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 2 of 5

enero 12, 2011

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World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 1 of 5

enero 12, 2011

World Science Festival 2009: Time Since Einstein, Part 1 of 5 from World Science Festival on Vimeo.



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June 13, 2009

Albert Einstein shattered previous ideas about time, but left many pivotal questions unanswered: Does time have a beginning? An end? Why does it move in only one direction? Is it real, or something our minds impose on reality? Journalist John Hockenberry leads a distinguished panel, including renowned physicist Sir Roger Penrose and prominent philosopher David Albert, as they explore the nature of time.

World Science Festival 2009: Mathemagician, Part 4 of 4

enero 12, 2011

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