Author Archives: Wolfgang Brauner

IdeaFestival 2014 #8: Wake Up Curious: It Really is a Small World: The Subatomic World of Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes and “Spooky at a Distance” – Ben Malphrus & Roger McNeil

Ben Malphrus, Roger McNeil Friday, October 3, 2014, 8-8m, Kentucky Center Start your day with some strong coffee and a lively discussion with physicists Ben Malphrus and Roger McNeil into the subatomic world of quantum weirdness, black holes and a … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #7: Surviving the great zombie apocalypse – Susan Eichhorn & Andrea Nicholas

Key ideas zombies in popular media exponential growth epidemiological model: susceptibility, rate of infection, rate of zombie killings Ebola: getting out of control?

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IdeaFestival 2014 #6: Time Warped, Claudia Hammond

Claudia Hammond Session: Time Warped Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Kentucky Center) Few things are more perplexing to us than the concept of time. While we often think of time as being a kind of external objective … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #5: Us vs. Them: How to move from commonsense morality to metamorality

Joshua Greene Session: Us/Them Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9-10am, Kentucky Center Joshua D. Greene is Professor of Psychology, a member of the Center for Brain Science faculty, and the Director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University. He studies the … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #4: Wake Up Curious: So It Goes – Julia Whitehead & Kevin Smokler on Kurt Vonnegut

Wake Up Curious: So It Goes Julia Whitehead, Kevin Smokler Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8 – 8.45 am, (Kentucky Center) Kurt Vonnegut was one of America’s most interesting novelists and astute observers of the human condition. His unique style, wit … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #3: Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis on Art & Creativity in America

Wynton Marsalis Session: Wynton Marsalis Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Kentucky Center) Wynton Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #2: Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, Stephen Cave 2012

Stephen Cave Session: Immortality Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Kentucky Center) Dr Stephen Cave is a philosopher, writer and critic. He has worked both as an academic, studying and teaching philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #1: Exoplanets & Exoplanetology – Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars – Lee Billings 2013

First presentation at IF by science journalist Lee Billings @leebillings on exoplanets and exoplanetology based on his 2013 book. Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke said that “Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Either is … Continue reading

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WKU Honors College Scholars at IdeaFestival 2014 in Louisville: An Eclectic Network of Global Thinkers & Innovators, A Celebration for the Intellectually Curious

The motto and approach of IdeaFestival is very similar to Honors education understood as transdisciplinary and transformative global education that cultivates global competence. I am therefore very excited to attend IdeaFestival this week in Louisville with Brad Cockrel (Mechanical Engineering … Continue reading

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John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, Sep 19, 2014 “While it is not the business of education … to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and effective habits of discriminating tested beliefs from mere assertions, … Continue reading

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