Oct 3, 2012 | 10:22InSecurity Dan Gardner on intelligence, knowledge and bullshit Video
InSecurity Dan Gardner on intelligence, knowledge and bullshit Oct 3, 2012 | 10:22Expert Skeptic Dan Gardner defines bullshit as "a belief not supported by good evidence" and suggests that intelligent and knowledgeable people are not immune to falling for it. Watch as Gardner shares the secret to cutting the crap with a third ingredient that keeps nonsense in check.
Sep 12, 2012 | 18:20Ideacity Ray Kurzweil on the evolution of technology Video
Ideacity Ray Kurzweil on the evolution of technology Sep 12, 2012 | 18:20The next few decades will be quintessentially important and transformative. Ray Kurzweil is the expert on why and how. Watch here to gain insight on his ideas on the evolution of technology, how he predicts technology will be able to extend human life considerably, and subsequently, the rise of biotechnology (where biology and technology intersect).
Sep 5, 2012 | 8:03Ideacity Tracy Worcester on the rise of the factory farm Video
Ideacity Tracy Worcester on the rise of the factory farm Sep 5, 2012 | 8:03Tracy Worcester's most recent documentary, Pig business, charts the rise of the factory farm in the US and the spread of this industrial model internationally, as multinationals comb the globe for good investment climates. Her film exposes the true cost of cheap meat: compliant governments, generous subsidies, low wages, poor enforcement of environmental standards and little regard for animal welfare.
Aug 29, 2012 | 20:32Ideacity Irwin Cotler on protecting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Video
Ideacity Irwin Cotler on protecting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Aug 29, 2012 | 20:32Former Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler advocates the importance of the promotion and protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He speaks about justice at a national and international level, the relation of terrorism and human rights, and his goal to build an international justice system in the 21st century. Learn about his passionate pursuit here.
Aug 29, 2012 | 13:18Ideacity Tomson Highway on Women and Mythology Video
Ideacity Tomson Highway on Women and Mythology Aug 29, 2012 | 13:18In this talk both profound and funny, novelist and playwright Tomson Highway laments the unequal gender system and the view of life as a curse brought to North America by monotheistic religion. He reminds us that there are other world views where existence on earth is a blessing given by a female divinity. The audience also gets treated to his skills on the piano.
Aug 20, 2012 | 18:59Ideacity Alex Cuba Video
Ideacity Alex Cuba Aug 20, 2012 | 18:59Alex Cuba entertains the ideacity audience with his unique Afro-Cuban sound, a blend of latin, funk, jazz and pop that will surprise anyone who thinks they know what to expect from Cuban music.
Jul 25, 2012 | 16:33Ideacity Lewis MacKenzie on Canada's military role in the world Video
Ideacity Lewis MacKenzie on Canada's military role in the world Jul 25, 2012 | 16:33Major General Lewis MacKenzie, UN peacekeeper, challenges what he calls a Canadian national sport: complacency. Describing atrocities in war-torn Sarajevo, he argues that we have an obligation to support Canadian peacekeeping missions that protect those less fortunate by accident of geography.
Jul 9, 2012 | 18:13Ideacity Will Aslop on architecture as dreaming Video
Ideacity Will Aslop on architecture as dreaming Jul 9, 2012 | 18:13British architect Will Alsop shares his ongoing dream for Toronto. Imagining more functional and creative uses for the space along Dundas West, the old waterfront, Alsop argues that a city should be considered a living museum.
Jun 26, 2012 | 11:18Ideacity Peter Diamandis on turning lunar dreams into reality Video
Ideacity Peter Diamandis on turning lunar dreams into reality Jun 26, 2012 | 11:18Peter Diamandis relates how he turned his childhood dreams of getting off this planet - and taking others with him - into reality. His first major entrepreneurial project with the X prize competition represented his innovative contribution to transforming how people think about space and space travel. Further C Prize projects, as well as his work on Zero Gravity Corporation and Space Adventures, continue his journey to push the limits of the possible.
Jun 15, 2012 | 20:48Ideacity Ezra Levant on freedom of speech in Canada Video
Ideacity Ezra Levant on freedom of speech in Canada Jun 15, 2012 | 20:48Aa self-proclaimed "troublemaker," Ezra Levant is passionate and empowering in his discussion of freedom of speech in Canada. After being prosecuted by the Alberta Human Rights Commission for publishing editorial cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed in the Western Standard magazine, Levant felt censored by the government. Here, he talks about politics, ideas, censorship, free speech, and why offending people is important
Jun 15, 2012 | 21:24Ideacity William Samson on torture and its support in the west Video
Ideacity William Samson on torture and its support in the west Jun 15, 2012 | 21:24William Sampson denounces the use of torture as a method for gathering reliable information and states that Western governments, including Canada, have policies that support such methods. He argues not only for the moral reprehensibility of torture but for its ineffectiveness, as evidenced bu his own experience as a prisoner in Saudi Arabia.
Jun 14, 2012 | 18:02Ideacity Erika Ritter on human-animal relationships Video
Ideacity Erika Ritter on human-animal relationships Jun 14, 2012 | 18:02Erika Ritter laments the injustice done to animals because of their inability to explain themselves. She argues that the human relationship with animals is constituted by a paradox between our compassion for and unfairness towards them, and that we try to resolve this by drawing closer to those animals we love and putting at a further distance those we commodify.
Jun 14, 2012 | 20:45Ideacity Aszure Barton presents elegant contemporary dance numbers Video
Ideacity Aszure Barton presents elegant contemporary dance numbers Jun 14, 2012 | 20:45Aszure Barton is absolutely in love with what she does. Here, the choreographer challenges the audience to open their hearts and believe in the power of art and performance, as her artists present three separate contemporary dance numbers. Ranging from willowy and graceful, classically inspired movement to more upbeat tribal-influenced choreography, the result is an overall beautiful and elegant performance.