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CARTA: Is the Human Mind Unique? -- Entering the "Soul Niche;" An Evolved and Creative Mind; and Humor
Cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans include humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. In these compelling talks, emphasis is placed on the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness, and whether these attributes are indeed quantitatively or qualitatively unique to humans. Nicholas Humphrey (Darwin College, Cambridge) begins with Entering the "Soul Niche," followed by Steven Mithen (Univ of Reading) on An Evolved and Creative Mind, and Daniel Dennett (Tufts Univ) on Humor.
Manta rays are one of the most iconic and mysterious creatures in the sea, and they share several similarities with sharks-their elasmobranch cousins-including threats to their survival. Join Josh Stewart, a Scripps Ph.D. student and associate director of The Manta Trust, who describes the life of manta rays, threats to their populations around the world, and recent conservation successes that provide a ray of hope for this majestic species.
The UC San Diego Library Channel presents a talk by William Lanouette, author of "Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard." Lanouette explains how Szilard's fear of German dominance of nuclear research in the 1930's inspired the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb used by the United States in World War II. Szilard could see its potential for mass destruction in the wrong hands and became a strong advocate for nuclear arms control and disarmament. Szilard spent his final days as a founding member of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego.
Crustaceans, with their hard, protective outer skeleton and highly specialized limbs, are truly evolutionary wonders. Join Scripps Oceanography marine biologist Jennifer Taylor as she describes her research on crustacean biomechanics and tells us how 500 million years of evolution has shaped crustaceans into the remarkable array of animals we see on Earth today.
NextGen Climate Founder and President Tom Steyer addresses the urgency and complexity of mitigating climate change. As a national leader in this space, Steyer addresses the intersection of technology and renewable energy policy and politics in effecting change on this critical issue. Recorded on 05/06/2014.