Featured This Month
A lively and wide-ranging visit with Albert Fert, life-long rugby player and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of an effect that revolutionized electronics forever.
Is there a science of the soul? Does how we think about the brain define how we think about ourselves? Patricia Churchland, B. Phil., LLD (hon), Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a deeper look at the connections between neuroscience and philosophy.
CARTA: Male Aggression and Violence in Human Evolution: Warfare and Feuding in Pleistocene Societies; Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Male Violence in Prehistory; and Male Violence among the Aché and Hiwi Hunter-Gatherers
In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a fresh look at the causes and consequences of variation in aggression, both between and within species. Christopher Boehm (USC) begins with a discussion about Warfare and Feuding in Pleistocene Societies, followed by Patricia Lambert (Utah State Univ) on Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Male Violence in Prehistory, and Kim Hill (Arizona State Univ) on Male Violence among the Aché and Hiwi Hunter-Gatherers. Recorded on 05/16/2014.
Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, describes the research that led to his 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa
Across Africa, a new scramble for natural resources is underway, and Cameroon is in its crosshairs. Thomas Smith, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, describes how the best science available is being leveraged to identify new protected areas in the face of resource extraction and climate change. He also describes the unique effort to build the Center for Integrative Development in Central Africa. Finally, he discusses a new initiative in Cameroon to reduce global emissions by avoiding deforestation in Cameroon, using emissions fees paid by climate gas emitters in the developed world. Recorded on 04/30/2014.