The Forum At Poly
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The Forum at Poly is a first-of-its-kind student-led organization at Cal Poly that brings speakers, students, faculty, and community members together to discuss important issues in Arts & Music, Science, Culture & Society, Technology, and Philosophy. The audio version from every talk we present will be available online, free of charge through this feed.
||Dr. Aubrey de Grey: The Cure to Aging - Prospects for Combating Aging With Regenerative Medicine - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 0||It may seem premature to be discussing the medical control of human aging when so little progress has yet been made in even postponing it. However, two facts undermine this assessment. The first is that aging happens throughout our lives but only causes ill-health after middle age: this shows that we can postpone that ill-health without knowing how to prevent aging completely, but instead by molecular and cellular repair. The second is that regenerative medicine is now advancing from a futuristic twinkle in a few visionaries’ eyes to a realistic strategy for addressing numerous medical conditions. In this talk I will explain why therapies that can add 30 healthy years to the remaining lifespan of typical 60-year-olds may well arrive within the next few decades.||3/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Richard G. Klein: Out of Africa and the Evolution of Human Behavior -The Forum At Poly Podcast: 02-02||The well-established “Out of Africa” model asserts that all living humans are the descendants of Africans who immigrated, well, out of Africa 50,000 years ago. But did the behavioral shift that led to this immigration – and that, indeed, underlies advanced human behavior today – originate culturally and gradually or genetically and abruptly? Dr. Richard Klein explores new and old evidence that sheds light on this challenging and divisive question.||11/17/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Jill Tarter: Are we alone? - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 02-01||Aliens abound on the movie screens, but in reality we are still trying to find out if we share our universe with other sentient creatures. SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is actually an attempt to detect evidence of another distant technology. Dr. Jill Tarter, Director of the Center for SETI Research, talks about this project.||11/8/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Ray Weymann: On Being Human: The view of an astronomer - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 01-06||Retired astrophysicist Dr. Weymann provides an extremely apt bookend to our inaugural event by exploring the relationship between art and science. The tenets for being a successful scientist, artist, and human being are explored, and the talk culminates with a reflection on the current state of scientific literacy and its consequences in climate change research and policy.||5/29/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brian Priest: Art and the Human Experience: Expression through participation - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 01-05||Cal Poly art professor and innovative artist and sculptor Brian Priest traces the history of sculpture and examines the changing roles the audience has had in observing, reacting to, and participating in the artistic process. He culminates the talk with a survey of the participatory art pieces he has created and is working on.||5/29/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Kenneth Brown: Virtual Persons: Can what we don’t know about ourselves help us design better artificial persons? -The For||Cal Poly philosophy professor Dr. Ken Brown investigates John Locke's definition of a person and how it is separable from being a human. Citing both Enlightenment-era philosophical essays and cutting-edge robotics and AI research, Dr. Brown examines the ways in which this distinction between person and human can help guide the creation of artificial intelligences. Would these nascent AIs be psycopaths? And, if so, would that be such a bad thing?||5/28/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Christopher von Rueden: Why do men seek positions of status and leadership? Evidence from the Tsimane horticulturalists of Boli||UCSB PhD candidate Chris von Rueden presents his pioneering research on the mechanisms and motivations for how and why men seek positions of power. In doing so he offers an impressive foray into the work done by anthropologists, and the results shed light not only on small-scale societies but on our own as well.||5/27/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Matthew Moore: The Coming Insurrection and the Anattā Doctrine: Would we be better off without a self? - The Forum At Poly||Dr. Moore of Cal Poly's political science department expertly discusses how views of the self differ between the Buddhist tradition, modern manifestos, and Western culture and politics. Regardless of whether or not you agree with The Coming Insurrection or the Anattā Doctrine, Dr. Moore encourages us all to re-evaluate the sense of self that we hold so intrinsic to our identity.||5/8/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Jennifer Klay: Truth and Connections, a human quest through particle physics - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 01-01||Dr. Klay kicks off The Forum 2011 with a foray into what being a particle physicist means on a day-to-day basis and how scientific inquiry both brings us closer to truth and helps us form connections with other human beings worldwide. The goals and technologies behind the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) are explored in an extremely accessible manner, and the "mad scientist" stereotype is tackled.||5/7/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Welcome - The Forum At Poly Podcast: 01-00||A welcoming first broadcast from The Forum At Poly podcast.||5/6/11||Free||View In iTunes|