Mar 13, 2013 | 17:35Ideacity Margaret Race on planetary protection Video
Ideacity Margaret Race on planetary protection Mar 13, 2013 | 17:35Dr Margaret Race is an ecologist who works with NASA at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. She is an expert in planetary protection; analyzing issues of contamination between Earth and outer space during space missions.
Jan 23, 2013 | 15:05Ideacity Rachel Armstrong Video
Ideacity Rachel Armstrong Jan 23, 2013 | 15:05Experimental biologist Rachel Armstrong invites us to imagine a new experience of architecture, one that mimics our immersion in the natural world. She describes her work on living technologies – buildings and materials that can be programmed to sense and respond to their surroundings – as the antidote to our misguided adoption of stasis as a survival strategy.
Jan 16, 2013 | 16:57Ideacity Melissa Auf der Maur on masculine and feminine duality Video
Ideacity Melissa Auf der Maur on masculine and feminine duality Jan 16, 2013 | 16:57Melissa Auf der Maur perfects the balance of performance and commentary, with her insights into masculine and feminine duality accompanied by a rare, stripped-down set. Here, she opens up about how her “creative survival-ism” kicked in, her mother’s feminist inspiration, and the potential for women to define the future. Includes original performances of “22 Below” and the title track from her concept project “Out Of Our Minds.”
Jan 9, 2013 | 17:05Ideacity John Helliwell on satisfaction Video
Ideacity John Helliwell on satisfaction Jan 9, 2013 | 17:05At one point in his career, John Helliwell says he took on the job of Aristotle’s research assistant, taking the philosopher’s list of propositions of what makes a good life and testing them. In this talk on subjective well-being, he unpacks some fascinating facts about what actually makes us happy – and it’s not about following the money. Further, the life cycle of subjective well-being in industrialized countries is U-shaped, where the curve represents our middle age and least satisfied stage of life. John happily reports that, in the end, we’ll enjoy tomorrow even more than today. He starts and ends on a high note, leading the audience in singing a couple of happy-making ditties.
Jan 2, 2013 | 17:30Ideacity Tarek Fatah on the threats of Islamo-facism Video
Ideacity Tarek Fatah on the threats of Islamo-facism Jan 2, 2013 | 17:30“The dangers we face; if we do not confront them today, our children will not forgive us tomorrow”. Tarek Fatah delivers a passionate call to action against injustice and violence, drawing the distinction between Islam as a faith and Islamism as an ideology.
Dec 26, 2012 | 17:49Ideacity Dickson Despommier on Vertical Farming Video
Ideacity Dickson Despommier on Vertical Farming Dec 26, 2012 | 17:49The world faces significant food-supply challenges as its population increases. Dickson Despommier encourages cities to think big – or rather, up. In this talk, Despommier explains the Vertical Farm, skyscraper-like structures that bring rural food production directly to urban centres. Watch as he shows the idea is closer to reality than one might think.
Dec 19, 2012 | 10:51Ideacity Adam Cohen on music and manhood Video
Ideacity Adam Cohen on music and manhood Dec 19, 2012 | 10:51Singer songwriter Adam Cohen had his world turned upside down with the birth of his first son. In this session from ideacity 2005, Cohen performs his original song “Like a Man”, in which he sets the stage for his son’s path to adulthood.
Dec 12, 2012 | 18:57Ideacity Patchen Barss on Pornography and Technology Video
Ideacity Patchen Barss on Pornography and Technology Dec 12, 2012 | 18:57Patchen Barss studies the role of pornography as a driving force behind mass communication, tracing the path from cave drawings to internet haptic technology. In this talk, Barss suggests that the next chapter in the story is the complex nature of virtual relationships.
Nov 28, 2012 | 16:58Ideacity Margaret Somerville on the link between spirituality and morality Video
Ideacity Margaret Somerville on the link between spirituality and morality Nov 28, 2012 | 16:58Margaret Somerville defines spirituality as “first of all amazement, then awe, then wonder, and sometimes immense joy, and a feeling of transcendence” and holds that the human spirit is essential to ethics. She wonders, based on the science of epigenetics, if we have a gene for spirituality. If so, how do we switch it on? She worries that the human spirit is under threat from the new science, and makes the case that, in order to safeguard human spirituality, the resulting new or future possibilities need to be constrained by ethical limits.
Nov 21, 2012 | 8:03Ideacity Ken Danby on the Importance of the Arts Video
Ideacity Ken Danby on the Importance of the Arts Nov 21, 2012 | 8:03Ken Danby’s fascinating talk about his work is punctuated with humorous stories and shots of his realist, evocative paintings. He says that everything he paints is a result of his personal vision and experience, but rendered not exactly as he sees it. What we see is what he wants us to see, the result of much analysis, restructuring, synthesizing, and thinking – “a wrestling match,” as he calls it. His major point is that artists are not entertainers: “The arts are undervalued, the arts are getting short shrift.” He says the arts need to find a rightful place in our education system, addressing the right side of the brain (intuition, thoughtfulness, subjectivity) for a fully-rounded education.
Nov 14, 2012 | 17:38Ideacity Andrea Tone on the evolution of contraception Video
Ideacity Andrea Tone on the evolution of contraception Nov 14, 2012 | 17:38We’ve come a long way in our willingness to talk about sex. However, as a public history scholar, Dr. Andrea Tone advocates for a media outreach campaign that focuses on sexual education, more contraceptive choices, and the reality of infection and disease. Here, she discusses the evolution of contraception, the pharmaceutical industry, and whether the birth control pill can be considered a “marvelous feminine triumph.”