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February 28 2011

23:41

Mary Catherine Bateson: Live Longer, Think Longer

Mary Catherine Bateson: Live Longer, Think Longer
We're not just living longer, we're thriving longer, but so far we seem to be thinking shorter. Aging societies the world over can benefit from increased longevity because human lives have added a new stage -- what Bateson calls "Adulthood II: the age of active wisdom." People of grandparent age, finding themselves with more energy and health than obsolete stereotypes had led them to expect, are seeing their lives whole and the world whole and taking on radically new activities in light of that perspective. These older adults have the potential to bring a longer perspective to decision making that affects the future.

Mary Catherine Bateson is a cultural anthropologist now 71, the daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Her famed 1989 book Composing a Life showed how women were learning to treat their necessarily fragmented careers as a coherent improvisational art form. Her new book is titled Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason Center, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/09/Mary_Catherine_Bateson_Live_Longer_Think_Longer

February 25 2011

23:19

Steven Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and author of popular science writings. Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings. Taken from the RSA's free public events program: http://www.thersa.org/events/.
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: London, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/04/Steven_Pinker_Language_as_a_Window_into_Human_Nature
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February 24 2011

01:18

Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?

Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?
Dr. Robert Sapolsky discusses his work as professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and as a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. His enviable gift for storytelling led the New York Times to print, "If you crossed Jane Goodall with a borscht-belt comedian, she might have written a book like A Primate's Memoir." Dr. Sapolsky's account of his early years as a field biologist. He is sure to dazzle and delight with tales of what it means to be human.
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/15/Robert_Sapolsky_Are_Humans_Just_Another_Primate

February 18 2011

22:47

The Great Brain Debate

The Great Brain Debate
"The Great Brain Debate" from the Knowledge Cities World Summit in Melbourne asks the question: Do we need to protect our malleable brains from the information overload of our digital world? And, does it mean we're not using them to delve as deeply as we used to?

Arguing the affirmative is Professor Susan Greenfield, a British scientist, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords, who's widely praised for her research on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Opposing her, is a full-time champion of the Web and all things socially networked, Peter Williams, CEO of Deloitte Digital.

The battle is refereed by ABC News 24's Michael Rowland.
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Melbourne, Australia, Knowledge Cities World Conference, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/18/The_Great_Brain_Debate

December 08 2010

00:59

Wonderfest 2010: How Did Evolution Shape Human Behavior?

Wonderfest 2010: How Did Evolution Shape Human Behavior?
This program was recorded at the 12th Annual Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science.

Wonderfest's broad goals are best described by its mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning.

Wonderfest achieves these ends by presenting series of scientific events to the general public. At most of these events, pairs of articulate and accomplished researchers discuss and debate compelling questions at the edge of scientific understanding.
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 13:30:00 -0800
Location: Berkeley, CA, Stanley Hall, Wonderfest
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/07/Wonderfest_2010_How_Did_Evolution_Shape_Human_Behavior

December 04 2010

01:19

Wonderfest 2010: Neuromagic with Luigi Anzivino

Wonderfest 2010: Neuromagic with Luigi Anzivino
This program was recorded at the 12th Annual Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science.

Wonderfest's broad goals are best described by its mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning.

Wonderfest achieves these ends by presenting series of scientific events to the general public. At most of these events, pairs of articulate and accomplished researchers discuss and debate compelling questions at the edge of scientific understanding.
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 17:00:00 -0700
Location: Palo Alto, CA, Hewlett Teach Center, Wonderfest
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/06/Wonderfest_2010_Neuromagic_with_Luigi_Anzivino

November 30 2010

00:52

Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought

Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought
Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? For example, how do we think about time? The word "time" is the most frequent noun in the English language. Time is ubiquitous yet ephemeral. It forms the very fabric of our experience, and yet it is unperceivable: we cannot see, touch, or smell time. How do our minds create this fundamental aspect of experience? Do patterns in language and culture influence how we think about time?

Do languages merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express? Can learning new ways to talk change how you think? Is there intrinsic value in human linguistic diversity?

Join us as Stanford cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky re-invigorates this long standing debate with data from experiments done around the world, from China, to Indonesia, Israel, and Aboriginal Australia.
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason Center, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/26/Lera_Boroditsky_How_Language_Shapes_Thought

November 24 2010

23:05

Luke Williams: Disruptive Thinking

Luke Williams: Disruptive Thinking
On November 5, L2 and NYU Stern hosted its second-annual Innovation Forum at The Morgan Library in New York City. The full-day event addressed innovation in digital marketing and implications for prestige brands.

L2 Forums are the largest gatherings of prestige professionals in North America. Forums draw C-level executives and top marketing and digital talent from prestige brands; leading agencies, media, and technology firms; and innovators and academics. In addition, 25 percent of seats are reserved for students from the nation's top business and arts graduate programs.
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 11:45:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, The Morgan Library, L2
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/05/Luke_Williams_Disruptive_Thinking
01:09

Sheena Iyengar: The Art of Choosing

Sheena Iyengar: The Art of Choosing
On November 5, L2 and NYU Stern hosted its second-annual Innovation Forum at The Morgan Library in New York City. The full-day event addressed innovation in digital marketing and implications for prestige brands.

L2 Forums are the largest gatherings of prestige professionals in North America. Forums draw C-level executives and top marketing and digital talent from prestige brands; leading agencies, media, and technology firms; and innovators and academics. In addition, 25 percent of seats are reserved for students from the nation's top business and arts graduate programs.
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 10:15:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, The Morgan Library, L2
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/05/Sheena_Iyengar_The_Art_of_Choosing

November 20 2010

00:10

Long Conversation with Paul Hawken and Tiffany Shlain

Long Conversation with Paul Hawken and Tiffany Shlain
Long Conversation, an epic relay of one-to-one conversations among some of the Bay Area's most interesting minds, took place over six hours in San Francisco on Saturday, October 16, 02010. Interpreting the Long Conversation in real time was a data visualization performance by Sosolimited; an art and technology studio out of M.I.T.

Long Conversation was presented with a live performance of 1,000 minutes of composer Jem Finer's Longplayer.
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/16/Long_Conversation_with_Paul_Hawken_and_Tiffany_Shlain

November 09 2010

01:11

Long Conversation with Robin Sloan and Violet Blue

Long Conversation with Robin Sloan and Violet Blue
Long Conversation, an epic relay of one-to-one conversations among some of the Bay Area's most interesting minds, took place over six hours in San Francisco on Saturday, October 16, 02010. Interpreting the Long Conversation in real time was a data visualization performance by Sosolimited; an art and technology studio out of M.I.T.

Long Conversation was presented with a live performance of 1,000 minutes of composer Jem Finer's Longplayer.
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/16/Long_Conversation_with_Robin_Sloan_and_Violet_Blue

November 06 2010

00:50

Long Conversation with Violet Blue and John Perry Barlow

Long Conversation with Violet Blue and John Perry Barlow
Long Conversation, an epic relay of one-to-one conversations among some of the Bay Area's most interesting minds, took place over six hours in San Francisco on Saturday, October 16, 02010. Interpreting the Long Conversation in real time was a data visualization performance by Sosolimited, an art and technology studio out of M.I.T.

Long Conversation was presented with a live performance of 1,000 minutes of composer Jem Finer's Longplayer.
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/16/Long_Conversation_with_Violet_Blue_and_John_Perry_Barlow

October 21 2010

23:56

Bettina Arndt: What Men Want in Bed

Bettina Arndt: What Men Want in Bed
Across the world, the story is the same. Sex scandal. Media frenzy. Another prominent man caught with his pants down. So, why do men take such risks for sex?

Bettina Arndt's new book, What Men Want - in bed, is all about why sex matters so much to men. More than 150, mostly older, men kept diaries for her, talking about what it is like to live with that constant sparking sexual energy - relentless, uncontrollable, all-consuming.

Their painfully honest, confronting, often hilarious stories explain their quest for sexual adventure, their secret delights, the thrill of giving pleasure, why some men turn to pornography and men's delight in the Viagra revolution. They also share their dysfunction and disappointments.
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Canberra, Australia, National Press Club, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/09/02/Bettina_Arndt_What_Men_Want_in_Bed

October 03 2010

21:27

Malcolm Gladwell: The Magical Year 1975

Malcolm Gladwell: The Magical Year 1975
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of, most recently, "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures," and the Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," and "Outliers: The Story of Success."
Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2010 13:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, SVA Theatre 1, New Yorker
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/03/Malcolm_Gladwell_The_Magical_Year_1975

October 02 2010

22:00

James Surowiecki: Talent and Context in a Random World

James Surowiecki: Talent and Context in a Random World
James Surowiecki has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2000 and writes the magazine's Financial Page. His book, "The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations," was published in 2004.
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2010 13:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, SVA Theatre 2, New Yorker
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/02/James_Surowiecki_Talent_and_Context_in_a_Random_World

September 23 2010

00:31

September 10 2010

18:25

Martha Bagnell: The Third Reviewer

Martha Bagnell: The Third Reviewer
Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy?

The Open Science Summit is an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons and enable a new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:00:00 -0700
Location: Berkeley, CA, International House at UC Berkeley, Open Science Summit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/07/29/Martha_Bagnell_The_Third_Reviewer
18:15

Jason Hoyt: Mendeley Research Networks

Jason Hoyt: Mendeley Research Networks
Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy?

The Open Science Summit is an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons and enable a new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:00:00 -0700
Location: Berkeley, CA, Open Science Summit, Open Science Summit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/07/29/Jason_Hoyt_Mendeley_Research_Networks

August 23 2010

23:41

Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell on Dismantling America

Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell on Dismantling America
In introducing his new book, Thomas Sowell asserts that the Obama administration "is the embodiment, the personification, and the culmination of dangerous trends that began decades ago," trends that are "dismantling America." Sowell sees this in the dismantling of marriage, of culture, and of self-government.

Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dismantling America.
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, The Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/08/06/Uncommon_Knowledge_Thomas_Sowell_on_Dismantling_America

August 17 2010

23:54

Dr. Happy & Mr. Percival: The Happiness Handbook

Dr. Happy & Mr. Percival: The Happiness Handbook
Professor Timothy Sharp is founder of The Happiness Institute. Sharp believes the key obstacle to happiness, for most people, is "the tyranny of when..." the addictive but destructive belief that "I'll be happy when...I have more money, a bigger house, or a better job." He matter-of-factly talks about how, by creating positivity in the first instance, we're more likely to achieve our goals, and how this idea is supported by valid and reliable scientific studies.

Dr. Happy is later joined in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House by a friend, Mr. Percival, aka vocal artist Darren Percival (director of "ensembleous spontaneous vocalous") who brings inspiration by way of his inventive use of microphones and simple technologies.
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, Australia, UTS Business School, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/07/15/Dr_Happy_and_Mr_Percival_The_Happiness_Handbook
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