Full Festival Programs


What The Mind Hungers For: Watch ‘The Craving Brain’

07/24/14See Comments

When we try to get rid of a bad habit, whether it involves food or drugs or gambling, it often seems like we’re fighting ourselves


Alien Life: How Close Are We To Finding It?

07/17/14See Comments

What sorts of flags are scientists looking for in the search for alien life? A lot of different kinds, it turns out: the search for


The Science Of Family Ties: ‘It’s All Relatives’

07/15/14See Comments

Nowadays, the tools for tracing your family tree have advanced far beyond looking back at names in the family Bible or compiling a scrapbook of


Watch the Full Program: “What Is Color?”

07/08/14See Comments

What is color? It seems like a simple question at first, but when you think about it, the reality of what we’re seeing is a


Watch Pioneering Geneticist Mary-Claire King At The Moth

06/27/14See Comments

We all know Mary-Claire King as a pioneering scientist whose work in genetics has touched on evolution, health, and human rights—and if you aren’t completely


“Ripples From The Big Bang”: The Inflation Debate Makes Waves In Physics

06/26/14See Comments

The universe, as we all know, began with a bang, but how did the aftershock shape reality, exactly? One possible option is inflation theory, which


Measure for Measure: How Does Familiar Experience Emerge From Quantum Reality?

06/23/14See Comments

The audience at the Skirball Center was treated to a quadruple-header of competing physics theories on Thursday night at “Measure for Measure: Quantum Physics and

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Full Program: The Whispering Mind: The Enduring Conundrum of Consciousness

01/24/14See Comments

It’s an old question: what is consciousness? Today, sophisticated brain imaging technologies, clinical studies, as well as the newfound ability to listen to the whisper


Full Program: Infinity

01/16/14See Comments

“The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man,” said David Hilbert, one of the most influential mathematicians of the


Full Program: Architects of the Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain

01/08/14See Comments

Is the human brain an elaborate organic computer? Since the time of the earliest electronic computers, some have imagined that with sufficiently robust memory, processing