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September 10 2011

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August 02 2011

21:17

Hugh Mackay: What Makes Us Tick?

Hugh Mackay: What Makes Us Tick?

Hugh Mackay has been making notes and taking the pulse of the Australian psyche for several decades now. His latest book illuminates how our desires, such as "being taken seriously" and "a place to call home" are linked to personal identity and relationship satisfaction.

As much as Mackay has been able to come up with a broad list, his refreshing humility on the subject of human "rationality" allows room for a good chuckle, if at least in hindsight.


Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, Australia, Sydney Institute, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/22/Hugh_Mackay_What_Makes_Us_Tick
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July 29 2011

23:44

July 28 2011

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July 26 2011

23:31

Howard Jacobson: Return of the Wry

Howard Jacobson: Return of the Wry

Howard Jacobson calls himself a "Jewish Jane Austen," as opposed to his critics' description as the "English Phillip Roth." Suffice to say, he's a funny guy. He's also the winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize with his comic novel, The Finkler Question.

His unexpected win would seem to put paid to the idea that comedy has disappeared from the novel. At a Sydney Writers Festival session called The Return of the Wry, Jacobson tells media lecturer Fiona Giles why, more than ever, there's a big need for funny.

In it, he points out that, in the time of Ancient Greece, was the direct opposite of tragedy in that it was focused on the basics of life, such as sex and bodily functions. These days, he says, there should be nowhere that comedy doesn't dare to go, including the hardest and darkest things of life.

Jacobson confesses why he's suspicious of Shakespeare's Shylock, unanimity, ideologues and atheists ... but also why he quite likes Joyce's Jewish hero in Ulysses, and the aristocratic baby and talking dog of the TV show "Family Guy."


Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, Australia, Sydney Writers Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/06/21/Howard_Jacobson_Return_of_the_Wry
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July 08 2011

00:25

July 07 2011

00:34

Unnatural Selection: Artificial Life and Designer Babies

Unnatural Selection: Artificial Life and Designer Babies
Should we be able to choose the sex of our babies? What about selecting the most intelligent embryo, the one with the greatest sporting ability or the one that will live to 100? And as scientists get closer to creating synthetic life, do we really understand what this could mean for our world?

Join Waleed Aly as he hosts a panel convened to discuss the topic "Unnatural selection: artificial life and designer babies. What does the future hold?"

This event is part of the 2011 Monash University Alumni Speaker Series.

Speakers:

Professor Julian Savulescu is a world-leading ethics scholar. He holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and is a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University. A researcher, educator and communicator, Professor Savulescu promotes public discussion around the ethical issues of everyday life.

Professor Gab Kovacs AM is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University, is a sub specialist in reproductive gynecology and has been a staff member of Monash IVF since 1978. He has been President of The Fertility Society of Australia, Family Planning Australia, Family Planning Victoria, and Chairman of The IVF Directors' Group of Australia.

Associate Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini is the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Research) and Head of Bioethics at John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family and also a consultant in bioethics. He was Australia's first hospital ethicist, holding that position at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne from 1982-1990 where he was also founding director of the Bioethics Department.

Waleed Aly is a lecturer in politics at Monash University and works within the University's Global Terrorism Research Centre. He appears regularly in the media including hosting ABC TV's 'Big Ideas' and SBS TV's 'The Late Sessions'.
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Victoria, Australia, Monash University, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/31/Unnatural_Selection_Artificial_Life_and_Designer_Babies

June 27 2011

23:59

Dorothy Rowe: Why We Lie

Dorothy Rowe: Why We Lie
Do you tell the occasional white lie? Well psychologist Dorothy Rowe believes you could be doing more harm than good.

At the 2011 Perth Writers Festival, Dorothy Rowe sits down with fellow psychologist Leah Giarratano to talk about why we lie. This conversation ranges from the everyday lies, to the lies global leaders tell that have devastating global impacts. Parents, religious institutions, Tony Blair, Muammar Gaddafi all go under Dorothy's microscope in this fascinating talk.

Dr Dorothy Rowe, born in 1930, is an Australian born clinical psychologist who lives in England. From 1972 until 1986 she was head of the North Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology. She has written several books on psychology and mental health including Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison, and Why We Lie: The Source of Our Disasters was published in 2010.

Dr Leah Giarratano is a clinical psychologist and crime writer. Leah is an expert in psychological trauma, sex offenses and psychopathology. Her books include, Black Ice, Voodoo Doll and her Watch the World Burn.
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Perth, Australia, Perth Writers Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/29/Dorothy_Rowe_Why_We_Lie

June 25 2011

00:22

James Gleick: Bits and Bytes

James Gleick: Bits and Bytes
What do we know and when did we know it? Former New York Times writer James Gleick (the man who popularized "the butterfly effect" in Chaos) has produced the definitive history of the age in which we live, The Information. He talks with Robyn Williams.
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, Australia, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/05/19/James_Gleick_Bits_and_Bytes

June 10 2011

22:31

Tim Flannery: Here on Earth

Tim Flannery: Here on Earth
Tim Flannery is one of the country's leading thinkers and writers...an internationally-acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, not to mention former Australian of the Year. Here on Earth is Flannery's first major book since The Weather Makers.

In it, he takes a big-picture look at where we are as a species, and what we need to do in order to survive into the future. Flannery draws on Darwin, Wallace and Lovelock to discuss evolution, co-evolution and the issue of sustainability, in the broadest sense.

And, as he tells the National Press Club, it's ultimately a message of hope.

In this address, Flannery expounds on why he won't vote Labor, how London fixed its sewerage pollution problem in the 1880s, how the Chinese are ahead of the curve on major sustainable technology infrastructure, and how they helped derail the Copenhagen climate agreement.
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Canberra, Australia, National Press Club of Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/25/Tim_Flannery_Here_on_Earth
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Michael Merzenich: Rewiring the Brain

Michael Merzenich: Rewiring the Brain
It's an unfortunate fact of evolutionary heredity that, by the time we are in our thirties, our brain is already experiencing a decline in cognitive function.

And, it's not just the effects of the morning coffee, evening wine and the luxury of working in a crowded open plan office. As we grow older, the rate of decline increases, and the cumulative effects become more noticeable.

We have increasing difficulty remembering, paying close attention, responding rapidly and performing complex tasks. Many other cognitive functions that once came easily are now more difficult. Our children become impatient with our momentary "brain lapses" and we find our sentences finished before they have even begun. This is both disturbing and disheartening, but our seemingly deteriorating brain also provides all those past their biological "peak" with a solution.

At the Mind and Its Potential Conference, Dr. Michael Merzenich reveals that neuroplasticity exists from cradle to the grave and that radical improvement in cognitive functioning is possible even in the elderly. Thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, and Dr. Merzenich's coterie of targeted brain exercises, old dogs can easily learn new tricks.
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Sydney, Australia, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/18/Michael_Merzenich_Rewiring_the_Brain

June 06 2011

22:36

Tariq Ali: The Obama Syndrome

Tariq Ali: The Obama Syndrome
In 2008, Obama could do no wrong. To the educated middle class, he was an intelligent and reflective writer who had penned his own insightful memoir. To the conservative elite, he was a Harvard graduate and expert in constitutional law. To the young people who came out in droves to vote for him, he liked the same TV shows, listened to the same music and "got" social networking.

To African Americans, he was the first black man to jangle the keys to the White House and command the empire built on the back of unacknowledged black slave labour. To the downtrodden and disenfranchised, he was a humble former social justice campaigner who had trod the streets of Chicago and drummed up support for local health and education programs.

He was indeed a man for all seasons ... a moderate whose ability to emotionally connect with the dreams and aspirations of disparate audiences had allowed him to saunter along hostile class lines and miraculously triumph in the musty halls of old-boy empire politics.

And then came the crash. The financial crisis saw Obama bail out the grubbers on Wall Street and fail to punish those who had caused millions of ordinary Americans to lose their houses, their jobs and the dream of Obama 'the reformer' charging in to rescue them from poverty and social humiliation.

Despite his gift of the gab, Obama found himself unable to sell healthcare reform to the people who would benefit from it the most and only managed to pass an eviscerated policy that primarily benefited insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Despite receiving a Nobel Peace prize in the early days of his Presidency, Obama continued the 'war on terror', maintained the status of Guantanamo Bay and increased drone attacks in Afghanistan.

The glow that had settled on Obama for that brief period in 2008 rapidly faded and political apathy followed. In the recent mid-terms, Obama's voters deserted him in droves, some of them turned to the right wing 'tea party' movement for renewed hope. Most simply failed to turn up to vote.

Could Hillary Clinton have done a better job? No, argues Tariq Ali, Obama is just doing what any politician in his situation would do. He's a "skillful and gifted machine politician." Those despondent former supporters have just suffered what he calls the "Obama Syndrome" -- a kind of mass myopic idealism, a 'syndrome' that can only be treated, if not cured, by a dose of political reality.

This event was held at the 2011 Perth Writers Festival and was hosted by Mark Naglazas, movie editor for "The West Australian".
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Perth, Australia, Perth Writers Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/20/Tariq_Ali_The_Obama_Syndrome

June 04 2011

00:16

The Psychology of Twitter

The Psychology of Twitter
Do you post comments online? Blog about your ideas? Tweet your opinion? Perhaps you're a "lurker," listening to, reading and following others who have their say in social media? It's no secret that Twitter, blogs and Facebook have changed the way we communicate, but have they tapped in to our modern pathological need to be "revered"? And, what does it really mean to be "someone" in the Twittersphere?

At a pub in Brisbane, a panel of twittering journos and scientists fess up on their desires, obsessions, and hates of social media and try to unpick the psychology behind our intimate relationship with it. Among the panelists are Dr. Rod Lamberts, a science communications expert from ANU; Andy Gregson, a social networking entrepreneur; and Natasha Mitchell, the presenter of Radio National's "All in the Mind," who's a fervent blogger and Tweeter herself. Leading the conversation is "New Inventors" judge and ABC science broadcaster, Bernie Hobbs.

This event is presented by ABC Cafe Scientific, as part of the Brisbane 'media140' conference.
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Brisbane, Australia, ABC Cafe Scientific, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/26/The_Psychology_of_Twitter

June 01 2011

17:30

Does Understanding Evolution Help Us Understand Ethics?

Does Understanding Evolution Help Us Understand Ethics?
The world-renowned Australian philosopher Peter Singer asks: does knowledge of evolution help us to understand ethics? Our moral compass may have evolved over time, but how does enhancing our reproductive fitness help us work out what is really right or wrong?

While evolution is neutral with regard to values, Peter Singer tackles the question of altruism's place in evolution's "survival of the fittest" campaign, explaining how reciprocal and trusting relationships generally make for success.

Then Singer humbles us with the reminder that innate judgments are neither necessarily correct, nor better than other judgments. He proposes that human kind has evolved to prefer those who are like us, and suggests humanity is at its best when showing it can move beyond this paradigm. This event is co-presented with Sydney Ideas and the Think Global School.
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Sydney, Australia, The University of Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/09/Does_Understanding_Evolution_Help_Us_Understand_Ethics

March 15 2011

00:21
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