Moses Znaimer's ideacity, Part 4


ideacity is a three day festival of talk, produced and hosted by Moses Znaimer. The focus this year was optimism and pessimism. This episode is about possibilities. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain discusses uncertainty; Pico Iyer, travel writer and author of The Open Road and The Global Soul speaks about our need for stillness; and Marlene Zuk, biologist and author of Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World, on what insects can and can't teach us about human sexuality. Part 5 will air on Friday, October 5.  For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website.

David Eagleman
wants us, through science, to explore the world of possibilities and new ideas.  Facing a world filled with uncertainties, we shouldn't be afraid of what we don't know. And from scientists he wants a renewed feeling of humility when they face their own uncertainties and the limits of their unending work.

As a journalist, Pico Iyer lives very much in an inter-connected world. He needs all the bells and whistles of technology and social media at his finger tips.  Nevertheless, in this talk he argues that all of us should "unplug" occasionally.  Periods of silence and stillness can be nourishing. Furthermore, turning off the din from our digital devices is absolutely necessary before we launch ourselves back into a noisy world.

Biologist Marlene Zuk has made a study of insect sex.  She talks about cliches and common misconceptions concerning the behaviour of insects.  Human beings, while not quite as ferocious, randy or self-sacrificing as some insects, can learn plenty about their own sexuality and humanity from studying these tiny, energetic creatures on six legs.

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