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Tagged with “science” (4)

  1. WNYC’s Radiolab

    Colors — Our world is saturated in color, from soft hues to violent stains. How does something so intangible pack such a visceral punch? This hour, in the name of science and poetry, Jad and Robert tear the rainbow to pieces.

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  2. Ted Chiang on Free Will, Time Travel, Many Worlds, Genetic Engineering, and Hard Science Fiction

    Steve and Corey speak with Ted Chiang about his recent story collection "Exhalation" and his inaugural essay for the New York Times series, Op-Eds from the Future. Chiang has won Nebula and Hugo awards for his widely influential science fiction writing. His short story "Story of Your Life," was the basis of the film Arrival (2016). Their discussion explores the scientific and philosophical ideas in Ted's work, including whether free will is possible, and implications of AI, neuroscience, and time travel. Ted explains why his skepticism about whether the US is truly a meritocracy leads him to believe that the government-funded genetic modification he envisages in his Op-Ed would not solve the problem of inequality.

    Exhalation by Ted Chiang https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41160292-exhalation

    Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/223380.Stories_of_Your_Life_and_Others

    Ted Chiang's New York Times Op-Ed From the Future https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/opinion/ted-chiang-future-genetic-engineering.html

    Transcript https://manifoldlearning.com/2019/09/19/episode-019-transcript/

    man·i·fold /ˈmanəˌfōld/ many and various.

    In mathematics, a manifold is a topological space that locally resembles Euclidean space near each point.

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  3. Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?  - The Atlantic

    In the last 18 months, Facebook has gone through one of the worst public relations crises of any major tech company. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its business model is designed to sell us lies.

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  4. Charles C. Mann: The Wizard and the Prophet

    Civilization’s health hangs on how we manage food, water, energy, and climate. Two conflicting visions dominate how we think about them. Each vision had an original creator and exemplar—the “prophet” William Vogt, author of Road to Survival, and the “wizard” Norman Borlaug, mastermind of The Green Revolution in agriculture. The prophet says to repent and cut back on everything; the wizard says that clever enough innovation can always find a way forward.

    Examine both visionaries and their visions closely, and a way to proceed emerges that combines alert caution with bold invention.

    Charles C. Mann is the author of the 2006 book 1491, about the Americas before Columbus, and the 2012 book 1493, about the Americas after Columbus. His previous SALT talk, in April 2012, was about “the Homogenocene."

    This Seminar is the book release event for Charles C. Mann's newest book, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World (release date 1/23/18). We will have copies of his book for sale by Green Apple Books and Charles C. Mann will be doing a signing after the event. If you will be attending, please do buy your copy at the Seminar, directly from local SF bookstore Green Apple and have it signed by the author!

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