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February 18 2014


January 08 2014


BBC Forum: Hands

Some say that the hand is where the mind meets the world. So what happens if you lose a hand? What are the options for a replacement? And the power of the human hand to create music out of chaos: how does a conductor communicate his musical vision to an orchestra. Bridget Kendall's guests are: prof. Simon Kay, a surgeon based in Leeds, who performed the first hand transplant in the UK; New Zealander Lynette Jones, Senior Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who studies tactile sensations; and Sakari Oramo, a Finnish musician who recently became the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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January 07 2014


We only have one earth

An abundant number of existential risks threatens humanity. Many of those planetary by nature. Current science already enables us to colonize nearby space, yet nobody bothers to supply the modest financial resources. Hence this call to action. Numerous existential risks currently threaten humanity: Nuclear war, resource depletion, antibiotica resistant bacteries, meteor impacts, unfriendly singulary, just to list a few. Various groups try to reduce these risks, a real effect is yet to be seen though. As those risks are never going be eliminated entirely, a safer (and rather obvious) strategy would be to distribute humanity a little more redundantly throughout space. The financial resources allocated to this task however are ridiculously small. This talk is going to highlight - why it would be a jolly good idea to take space expansion seriously what current technology can already do - what humanity currently "uses" its resources on - which political institution we should prod http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5468.html Day: 2013-12-28 Start time: 11:30 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal 6 Track: Science & Engineering Language: en

November 13 2013


William Irwin Thompson, (Planetary Culture and New Image of Humanity, Summer Conference 1974)

The founder of Lindisfarne gives the introductory talk on the re-visioning of art, science, and religion for a new planetary culture and a new image of humanity.

January 12 2012


Rethinking "Out of Africa"

I'm thinking a lot about species concepts as applied to humans, about the "Out of Africa" model, and also looking back into Africa itself. I think the idea that modern humans originated in Africa is still a sound concept. Behaviorally and physically, we began our story there, but I've come around to thinking that it wasn't a simple origin. Twenty years ago, I would have argued that our species evolved in one place, maybe in East Africa or South Africa. There was a period of time in just one place where a small population of humans became modern, physically and behaviourally. Isolated and perhaps stressed by climate change, this drove a rapid and punctuational origin for our species. Now I don’t think it was that simple, either within or outside of Africa. CHRISTOPHER STRINGER is one of the world's foremost paleoanthropologists. He is a founder and most powerful advocate of the leading theory concerning our evolution: Recent African Origin or "Out of Africa". He has worked at The Natural History Museum, London since 1973, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and currently leads the large and successful Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project (AHOB), His most recent book is The Origin of Our Species (titled Lone Survivors in the US). http://edge.org/conversation/rethinking-out-of-africa

September 02 2011


David Deutsch And The Beginning of Infinity

Quantum computing genius and Oxford don David Deutsch is a thinker of such scale and audaciousness he can take your breath away. His bottom line is simple and breathtaking all at once. It’s this: human beings are the most important entities in the universe. Or as Deutsch might have it, in the “multiverse.” For eons, little changed on this planet, he says. Progress was a joke. But once we got the Enlightenment and the scientific revolution, our powers of inquiry and discovery became infinite. Without limit.

July 22 2011


Spark Special – Marshall McLuhan: Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address

Spark presents a special hour of Marshall McLuhan-inspired programming called, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address, named after one of McLuhan’s own witty turns of phrase. Today marks the centenary of McLuhan’s birth, and what better way to celebrate than exploring the theories of a man who has been credited with predicting the future of technology. Includes - Why The Medium is Still The Message - The Networked City - From Rare to Everywhere (and back again!) - The Googlization of Everything

June 24 2011


DocArchive: The Kill Factor: Part Two: 11 June 11

Soldiers who have killed in war at close quarters talk about how it affects them today. They talk frankly about their feelings before, during and after. And they reflect on whether humans are "natural" killers or whether they have to be trained to go against their instinctive repulsion.

DocArchive: The Kill Factor: Part One: 04 June 11

Soldiers who have killed in war at close quarters talk about how it affects them today. They talk frankly about their feelings before, during and after. And they reflect on whether humans are "natural" killers or whether they have to be trained to go against their instinctive repulsion.

March 13 2011


Robot Opera and Immortality

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/03/07/robot-opera In the new robot opera, “Death and the Powers,” humans are history. So is flesh and blood- as ‘so over’ as the dinosaurs. The high-tech drama, composed by Tod Machover, tells the story of how one eccentric billionaire led the way, by refusing to die. He uploads himself – his mind – into the realm of digital immortality, and leaves his worldly body behind. Machover, known as “America’s most wired composer” and director of the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, thinks of his character Simon Powers, as “a combination of Howard Hughes, Walt Disney and Bill Gates,” who rather than wanting to live forever, desired “to leave the world, but leave everything about himself here.”

July 28 2010


Neccessity of his Humanity

Graham looks at why it was so important that Jesus became a man. Why did he have to be born as a human? What’s the relevance of this for us? Graham looks at these questions and examines what sort of a ‘job interview’ Jesus has to go through.
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