Podcasts

Life's Final Edge? The Origin and Extinction of Species in a Human-Dominated Earth

Lecture Series: The Edges of Life

Michael Rosenzweig, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Today, Earth’s treasury of species, its biodiversity, faces an existential challenge and its outcome depends on man. Science now knows we’ve taken away enough land from nature to precipitate a mass extinction like the one that exterminated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Using reconciliation ecology, we can prevent this — and preserve life.

Life's Cognitive Edge: The Role of The Mind and What It Means To Be Human

Lecture Series: The Edges of Life

Anna Dornhaus, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Our human mind distinguishes us from other animal life—or does it? Recent research has revealed culture and social learning, tool use, complex communication, self-recognition, and planning for the future are not unique to the human experience. With these new findings, science is finally getting closer to understanding exactly what makes us human.

Life's Human Edge: Changing Perspectives on the End of Life

Lecture Series: The Edges of Life

Michael Gill, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Nothing looms with more certainty than the final edge of one’s own life. But in fact, the edge between life and death is anything but clear. This lecture will address the attempts that have been made to define the line between life and death and will explore the biological, legal, ethical, and spiritual debates that have raged around that line.

Life's Technological Edge: The Singulaity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

Lecture Series: The Edges of Life

Ray Kurzweil, via Teleportec Teleporter Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kurzweil Technologies

Humanity is on the edge of a vast transformation, when what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil will introduce this radically optimistic singularity, an era when we break our genetic shackles to create a nonbiological intelligence trillions of times more powerful than today. In this new world, humans will transcend biological limitations to achieve entirely new levels of progress and longevity.

Global Climate Change: The Evidence

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Malcolm Hughes, Professor of Dendrochronology

Global Climate Change: What's Ahead

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Jonathan Overpeck, Director ofthe Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Professor of Geosciences

Global Climate Change: The Role of Living Things

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Travis Huxman, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Global Climate Change: Ocean Impacts and Feedbacks

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Julia Cole, Associate Professor of Geosciences

Global Climate Change: Disease and Society

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Andrew Comrie, Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Geography and Regional Development

Global Climate Change: Could Geoengineering Reverse It?

Lecture Series: Global Climate Change

Roger Angel, Regents' Professor of Astronomy

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