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    Conversations About Biology consists of the following 5 Ideas Roadshow Conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with world-leading researchers. This collection includes a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with an introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. A Genetic Perspective - A conversation with Jay Gargus, Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Autism Research and Translation at UC Irvine. This wide-ranging conversation examines the recent explosion in our genetic understanding and its implications for the future of medicine, together with the importance of understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms in order to successfully treat a wide range of genetic disorders. Prof. Gargus focuses on autism, dispelling myths associated with the condition, advocating why a treatment should be actively pursued, and illustrating what we can learn from the recent breakthrough in cystic fibrosis research.

    II. Learning and Memory - A conversation with Alcino Silva, Professor of Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Psychology at UCLA. Alcino Silva runs a learning and memory lab at UCLA that is focused on a vast number of topics, from schizophrenia and autism to learning and memory. This fascinating conversation explores how he and his colleagues focus on understanding the specific molecular mechanisms of neurobiology with the goal of being able to intervene and repair these mechanisms when they go awry.

    III. A Matter of Energy: Biology From First Principles - A conversation with Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London. After an inspiring story of Nick Lane's career path, this wide-ranging conversation covers his bioenergetic view of early, evolutionary history, the origin of life and how all complex life is composed of a very particular cell type that we all share, and more.

    IV. Our Human Variability - A conversation with Stephen Scherer, Research Chair in Genome Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Stephen Scherer discusses his lifelong passion for science that culminated in his groundbreaking discovery of copy number variation. This conversation also covers his exciting work in autism research and how copy number variation brings us a deeper understanding of both human variability and disease.

    V. Sleep Insights - A conversation with Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC Berkeley. This extensive conversation gives a clear and compelling picture of our recent understanding of sleep's essential role in our daily lives, from reinforcing learning and memory to regulating emotion.

    Howard Burton is the creator and host of Ideas Roadshow and was the Founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. All the above books are also available for individual purchase. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Joanna Haigh, Professor Emerita of Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College London. After inspiring details about how she got into her field of study and how we can encourage more girls to get more interested in science, the conversation examines her research of the influence of the sun and solar variability on our climate, how energy emitted by the Sun in the form of heat, light and ultraviolet radiation warms the earth and drives our climate, how data from satellites and modelling the processes helps us distinguish the warming effects of greenhouse gases from those of natural variations in solar energy, and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Confronting Complexity, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Meteorological Beginnings - Joanna finds her niche
    II. Science and Gender - Different disciplines, different stories
    III. A Curious Correspondence - Examining the link between temperature and solar variation
    IV. Considering the Earth - A changing orbit and changing tilt
    V. Considering the Sun - Looking at the solar cycle
    VI. The Big Picture - More than just the sun
    VII. Examining the Details - Recreating the weather, more or less
    VIII. Getting The Word Out - Increasing public awareness
    IX. Public Policy - From words to acts
    X. Final Thoughts - Towards a better future

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    Exploring Autism

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and one of the world's leading experts on autism Uta Frith, Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London. Topics that are examined in this extensive conversation are what autism actually is, the reasons behind the increased number of diagnoses over the last few years, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger's syndrome, mentalizing, brain imaging to research the cognitive and neurobiological bases of autism and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Autistic Condition, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Assessing the Landscape - An autism epidemic?
    II. Searching for a Definition - Innate vs. conscious understanding
    III. A Stunning Result - Learning from dolls
    IV. Looking Inside - Brain-imaging technology and its impact
    V. Vaccines - Correlation vs. causation
    VI. Probing the Spectrum - Big and little pictures
    VII. Gender - A provocative speculation
    VIII. Ways Forward - Some concrete approaches


    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Greg Hickok, Professor of Cognitive science at UC Irvine, where he directs the Center for Language Science and the Auditory and Language Neuroscience Lab. This thought-provoking conversation examines Greg Hickok's neuroscience research related to speech and language which led him to eventually reject many aspects of the mirror neuron hypothesis, while giving his views on the mechanisms behind imitation and what mirror neurons really do.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Monkey See, Monkey Don't, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Talking Neuroscience - Speech, language and cognition
    II. Enter Mirror Neurons - Grasping monkeys and old theories
    III. One Size Fits All? - The kitchen sink of cognitive science
    IV. Imitation - What it is and what it isn't
    V. Seeking a Controller - Structural investigations
    VI. The Community Responds - Sceptics and believers
    VII. A Different Perspective - Prediction and sensory states
    VIII. Sociological Explorations - The merits of primary sources
    IX. Neuroplasticity - Speculations on the underlying mechanisms
    X. On the Front Burner - Lots to investigate

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned researcher of sign languages Carol Padden, the Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication at UC San Diego. This extensive conversation covers topics such as growing up with ASL, Carol's early work with Bill Stokoe, the linguistic complexity, structure and properties of ASL and other sign languages, the development of new sign languages throughout the world, the role of gesture and embodiment, and much more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Heeding the Signs, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Choosing languages - Faulty assumptions and different sides
    II. Distance Education - A formative experience
    /> III. Signing as Language - Bill Stokoe and the development of ASL
    IV. Diversity and Structure - The many shades of sign languages
    V. Distinctiveness - Language, identity, and the question of affordances
    VI. Embodiment - Making sense of the world around us through our bodies
    VII. A Cultural Window - Change, humour and balance
    VIII. Predictions and Proclivities - Speculations on the future, fillers and gender markers
    IX. Examining Diversity - Brain scans, sign-twisters and gesturing Italians
    X. Making Comparison - Efficiency, community and complexity

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    Sleep Insights

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley. This extensive conversation gives a clear and compelling picture of our recent understanding of sleep's essential role in our daily lives, from reinforcing learning and memory to regulating emotion.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Dreams of a Final Theory, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Awakenings - From dementia to sleep, and now back again
    II. Stages of Sleep - Deconstructing sleep architecture
    III. Parasomnias and Evolution - Getting it right, most of the time
    IV. Learning and Memory - Three vital aspects
    V. Sleeping Better? - Pharmacological effects and self-improvement
    VI. Emotional Regulation - How sleep helps keep us balanced
    VII. Sleep and Aging - Grappling with the inevitable
    VIII. Sleep Stigma - Lazy thinking
    IX. Further Questions - Motivation, narcolepsy and vicious circles
    X. Lots To Do - Outstanding mysteries and public education

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Chris Frith, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. After an interesting exploration of how Chris Frith became interested in the study of schizophrenia, this detailed conversation examines topics such how our understanding of schizophrenia has evolved, the role of dopamine, how the brain works, the brain's predicting role, the phantom limb phenomenon, how the brain and mind link up, how culture affects the brain and much more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Eyes on the Prize, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    /> I. Becoming a Psychologist - From "min and crys" to schizophrenia
    II. Probing Agency - Predictions, tickling and dopamine
    iii. The Active Brain - The principal actor in the theatre of experience
    IV. Ideal Bayesian Operators - How our brains trump our minds
    V. In Search of a Mechanism - How to connect the subpersonal with the personal
    VI. Humanistic Hubris - Dancing bees, stripping pine cones and The Royal Society
    VII. Free Will - And what it means
    VIII. The Very Big Picture - Towards a grand unified theory of psychology?
    IX. Final Thoughts - Schizophrenia treatment and open questions

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned political theorist John Dunn, University of Cambridge. Through an engaging dialogue format, John Dunn candidly shares his deep insights on the historical development and current significance and future of democracy in different parts of the world and the relevance of political science departments in achieving democracy and other worthwhile goals.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Democratic Daze, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Illusions and Confusions - Unmasking American stereotypes
    II. Historical Examinations - The power of etymology
    III. Thinking Deeper - Minimizing political bads
    IV. Trust and Belief - Thinking critically
    V. China - Challenging Western ideals?
    VI. India - The world's largest democracy
    VII. Power to the People - Overthrowing autocracy and what happens next
    VIII. Towards Progress - Why we should care about all of this
    IX. Professional Indulgence - Critically examining "political science"




    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).

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    This book is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Stephen Hinshaw is an expert in the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology, as well as stigma, preventive interventions and dehumanization related to mental illness. This extensive conversation examines the facts and misunderstandings surrounding ADHD, diagnosis and misdiagnosis, treatment, family responsibilities, the subtitles of medication, adult ADHD, gender, what's happening on an international level and finally the stigma of mental illness.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction,, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. On Genes and Explorers - Different perspectives
    II. Brain Biology - Neurotransmitters and cortex investigations
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    IV. Behaviour and Medication - Not so straightforward
    V. Adults and Gender - More subtleties appear
    VI. Stigma - The elephant in the room
    VII. Public Policy - Unexpected consequences
    VIII. Adderall for All? - Objective vs. subjective effects
    IX. Global Perspectives - Getting a bigger picture
    X. Towards A Better Future? - Reasons for pessimism and optimism

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Elizabeth Loftus, renowned expert on human memory and Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science; Criminology, Law, and Society; Cognitive Science and Law at UC Irvine. This extensive conversation covers her ground-breaking work on the misinformation effect, false memories and her battles with "repressed memory" advocates, how getting expert memory testimony introduced in legal proceedings and the effect of DNA evidence on convincing judges of the problematic nature of eyewitness testimony.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Benefit of the Doubt, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Memory, Eventually - From mathematics to yellow birds
    II. Legal Attraction - A critical lunch leads to the misinformation effect
    III. Inside the Courtroom - Real witnesses, real cases, real effects
    IV. The Landscape Shifts - DNA evidence and the winds of change
    V. Inception - Implanting childhood mall trauma
    VI. Confirmation - Extensive reproducibility
    VII. The Temperature Mounts - Jane Doe and the podium defense
    VIII. Sociological Speculations - How did we get there?
    IX. Science and Pseudoscience - In search of hard evidence
    X. Structural Reform - Learning from New Jersey
    XI. Scanning Memories - Lies, deliberate lies, and statistics
    XII. Increasing Awareness - From Sesame Street to Sweden

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    In the last twenty years, cosmology has unexpectedly emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic fields of modern science. From astoundingly precise measurements of the cosmic microwave background to the ongoing mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, modern cosmology is unquestionably in the midst of its Golden Age.

    And yet, one of the most eminent mathematical physicists of our age, Roger Penrose is convinced that there is one fundamental problem that is consistently being overlooked: why did our universe begin in such a particular state of extremely low entropy? His Conformal Cyclic Cosmology (CCC) is an attempt to directly address that question. This extensive conversation between Howard Burton and Roger Penrose, co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, explores his motivation to come up with this theory in the first place and provides detailed insights into his groundbreaking research.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, A Hidden Audience, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Inadvertent Success - An inside look at a mysterious publishing phenomenon
    II. Considering Entropy - Minimum, maximum and both at the same time
    III. Mysteries and False Explanations - Dark issues and inflationary hyperbole
    IV. Conformal Geometry - Reinterpreting the end and the beginning
    V. CCC: The Basic Idea - Matching beginnings and ends, conformally
    VI. Light Cones - Photons vs. massive particles
    VII. Massive Headaches - And how we might make them disappear
    VIII. Necessary Conditions - Dark energy, dark matter and information loss in black holes
    IX. Cosmic Imprints? - Searching for evidence of past aeons
    X. Battling Onwards - Challenges of an irrepressibly independent thinker

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Director of Research and Honorary Professor of Roman Studies in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. This wide-ranging conversation covers his fascinating archeological work done in Herculaneum and Pompeii, the politics of excavation, and life in the ancient Roman world.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Historical Value, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. What We Know - History and geology
    II. Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie - Exploring historical motivations
    III. Exploring Roman Society - Housing, slavery, citizenship and status
    IV. Herculaneum vs. Pompeii - Different eyes on the past
    V. The Future of the Past - Excavation, preservation and spending effectively

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Rocky Kolb, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. After an inspiring story of how Rocky Kolb became interested in science, this wide-ranging conversation covers topics such as the development of and his work on inflationary cosmology, the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, dark energy, Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND), the Large Hadron Collider, advice for high-school teachers to ignite a passion for learning in students, and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Passion Principle, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Cool Beginnings - From the local library to Caltech
    II. Cosmic Inflation - Alan Guth causes a stir
    III. Dark Matter - Finally recognized ignorance
    IV. Dark Energy - Particularly hard to swallow
    V. Motivational Insights - The importance of passion

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Physics Nobel Laureate Tony Leggett. The basis of this conversation is Tony Leggett's book The Problems of Physics and further explores the insightful plain-speaking itemization that he developed of the physics landscape according to four basic categoriesthe very small (particle physics), the very large (cosmology), the very complex (condensed matter physics) and the very unclear (foundations of quantum theory)while providing a thoughtful follow-up analysis from a contemporary perspective to assess how much progress we've made and which mysteries remain or have come on the scene since the book was published.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Gentleman Laureate, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Back to the Future - Setting the Stage
    II. The Very Small - Much the same
    III. The Very Large - Cosmology
    IV. A Glassy Digression - The perils of affirming the consequent
    V. The Very Complex - Condensed matter physics meets quantum information
    VI. Understanding - What it actually means
    VII. Different Regimes - Nature's Scales
    VIII. Schrdinger's Cat - Different domains?
    IX. The Slings and Arrows of Time - Irreversible?
    X. The Anthropic Principle - Better left unsaid?
    XI. The Future of Physics - From Louis Armstrong to topological quantum computing

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and David Politzer, 2004 Nobel Laureate and the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech. This extensive conversation examines many of the intriguing aspects associated with the physics of banjos, including the ocarina effect, string-stretching, the subtleties of how we hear pitch, transient growth, and the mysterious ringing sound of banjos; while also touching briefly on contemporary issues in black holes and particle physics.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Dancing To His Own Tune, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    The Feynman Experience - Inspirational encounters
    Love at First Sound - The joy of the banjo
    The Holy Grail - The challenge of qualifying sound
    The Ocarina Effect - Probing the effect of rim height of the open-back banjo
    Hearing Pitch - Not so simple
    Relative Strengths - Break angles
    Transient Growth - Coupled, damped oscillators
    The Working Physicist - Ruminations from the front lines
    The Journey Continues - Joys, frustrations, and the banjo brotherhood

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Edie Widder, Founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA). After an inspiring story about how Edie Widder became a seagoing marine biologist and deep-sea diver, this conversation covers topics such as bioluminescence which is a fascinating scientific phenomenon that provides us with a deeper understanding of fundamental biological processes and the development of new programs designed to equip a new generation with the tools they need to deal with the environmental devastation we're facing.


    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, From Sea to Shining Sea, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Bright Beginnings - Underwater awesomeness and environmental opportunities
    II. Bioluminescence - Evolution in action
    III. The Eye-in-the-Sea - Glimpsing the unseen
    IV. Grappling with a Coastline Crisis - Measuring toxicity and creating pollution maps
    V. Kids to the Rescue - A reason for optimism
    Vi. Existential Challenges - Global concerns and worthy precedents

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London and bestselling author. After an inspiring story of Nick Lane's career path, this wide-ranging conversation covers his bioenergetic view of early, evolutionary history, the origin of life and how all complex life is composed of a very particular cell type that we all share, and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Big Picture, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. A Long and Winding Road - Nick goes round the houses
    II. Structuring Energy - Cells, membranes and a counterintuitive mechanism
    III. Hydrothermal Vents - More than just chemistry
    IV. Simulational Challenges - Making your own hydrothermal vent
    V. Synoptic Justifications - Philosophers wanted
    VI. Becoming Complex - From prokaryotes to eukaryotes
    VII. Marvellous Mitochondria - Insights from a metabolic worldview
    VIII. Open Questions - From the origin of life to consciousness


    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and former mathematical physicist and writer Freeman Dyson, who was one of the most celebrated polymaths of our age. Freeman Dyson had his academic home for more than 60 years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has reshaped thinking in fields from math to astrophysics to medicine, while pondering nuclear-propelled spaceships designed to transport human colonists to distant planets.

    During this extensive conversation Freeman looks back on his simultaneously transformative careers in theoretical physics, mathematics, biology, rocket ship design, nuclear disarmament and writing.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Pure and Applied, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
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    I. Debating Exceptionalism - Personal and professional
    II. In Praise of Rebels - Moving science forwards
    III. Against Reductionism - Valuing the specific
    IV. Foundational Issues - From the anthropic principle to free will
    V. Current Mysteries - From dark energy to quasicrystals
    VI. The Origin of Life - RNA as a parasite
    VII. Space Travel - Manned vs. unmanned
    VIII. Science and Society - Climate change and more
    IX. Religion - Another path
    X. Final Thoughts - Neuroscience and Chinese string theorists

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Stephen Scherer, the GlaxoSmithKline Research Chair in Genome Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Stephen Scherer discusses his lifelong passion for science that culminated in his groundbreaking discovery of copy-number variation. This conversation also covers his exciting work in autism research and how copy number variation brings us a deeper understanding of both human variability and disease.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, More Things in DNA, Horatio..., and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. James Watson's Legacy - From The Double Helix to NRC to chromosome 7
    II. In the Lab - The first hints of copy number variation
    III. Chromosome 7 - Mapping genetic markers to chromosomes
    IV. Back to Basics - Nucleotides, DNA, chromosomes, genes and mutations
    V. Revolutionary Stirrings - Detecting copy number variation
    VI. Going Global - Large-scale variation for all
    VII. Variability and Evolution - Appreciating biological variability
    VIII. Causes and Implications - Complexity galore: autism and other conditions
    IX. Towards Treatment - Early diagnoses and equilibrium-restoring medicines
    X. The Definition of Diseases - More complicated that you might think
    XI. Probing Deeper - Stem cells, pleiotropy and environmental factors
    XII. Ethical and Societal Issues - Towards responsible progress
    XIII. Future Possibilities - Potentially unravelling biological complexity
    XIV. Contact with Autism - Serendipitous occurrences
    XV. Nobel Thoughts - The perks and perils of prizes
    XVI. The Human Condition - Genetic windows on humanity

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Andy Hoffman, Holcilm Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability. This extensive conversation starts with inspiring insights into how Andy Hoffman became interested in environmental issues when he declined acceptances from graduate school at Harvard and Berkeley and instead worked as a carpenter for several years in Nantucket.

    Topics include the notions of `environmental sustainability' and `big business' which sometimes seem as incompatible as oil and water and ways to make a synthesis a reality by seriously reconsidering the way we currently conduct public policy and even some deep aspects of our current societal values.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Clarity vs. Popularity, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Building a Career - Getting a lay of the land
    II. Environmental Evolution - Fringe and mainstream
    III. Beyond Punditry - The cultural backdrop to climate change
    IV. Fostering Debate - Engaging, responsibly
    V. American Exceptionalism? - Discussions on uniqueness
    VI. Talking the Talk - Communicating science better
    VII. Breaching to the Choir? - How to make genuine social progress
    VIII. Energy Renaissance - Government's role
    IX. Reinventing Sustainability - Imagining the long term
    X. Surprising Revolutionaries - Idealistic business students
    XI. Setting Ideals - Towards a North Star
    XII. Impact - Changing hearts and minds
    XIII. The Passion Principle - Discovering our calling

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Maria Mavroudi, Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Maria Mavroudi specializes in the study of the Byzantine Empire and this wide-ranging conversation explores her extensive research on the Byzantine Empire and how it has repeatedly been undervalued by historians despite its having been a military and cultural powerhouse for more than a millennium.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Beyond the High-School Narrative, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Becoming A Byzantinist - Inspiration and motivation
    II. Historical Background - Byzantine beginnings
    III. The High-School Narrative - History as a cultural mirror
    IV. Recovering Truth - A never-ending goal
    V. Building Knowledge - Standing on the shoulders of giants
    VI. Annotated Discoveries - Leo the Mathematician, for example
    VII. A Translational Discovery - From Arabic to Greek, surprisingly
    VIII. Arrows of Causality - Consequential greatness
    IX. Decline - A matter of opinion?
    X. Extracting Meaning - Interpreting human experiences
    XI. Ever-Moving Targets - Arab-Greek bilingualism and its implications

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    Meaningfulness

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Susan Wolf, the Edna J. Koury Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This fascinating conversation explores what it is to live an ethical, meaningful life in keeping with her book, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, the role that love, fulfillment, self-interest and happiness play in giving meaning to one's life, and how meaningful activities occur when "subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness".

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Takin' It To The Streets, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Philosophical Engagement - The appeal of thinking deeply
    II. Investigating Motivation - Beyond pleasure and duty
    III. Exploring Fulfillment - A key subjective metric
    IV. Subjective Meets Objective - Interpreting a "waste of time"
    V. Objectivity Emerges - The meaning of mistakes
    VI. Why Meaning Matters, Part I - A personal perspective
    VII. Enter Sisyphus - The meaning of rolling stones
    VIII. Frames of Reference - Cosmic questions and endoxic icons
    IX. Why Meaning Matters, Part II - Improving theoretical understanding
    X. Towards a Meaningful World - Making it real
    XI. Beyond Happiness - Pursuing what you love

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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    Conversations About The History Of Ideas consists of the following five Ideas Roadshow conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with 4 leading intellectual historians and an award-winning author. This collection includes a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with a detailed introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. I. The Two Cultures, Revisited - A conversation with Stefan Collini, Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge. The 'Two Cultures' debate of the 1960s between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis is one of the most misunderstood intellectual disputes of the 20th century. Most people think that the debate only revolved around the notion that our society is characterized by a divide between two cultures: the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other. This conversation provides a careful examination and illuminating insights of what the issues really were in this debate.

    II. II. Deconstructing Genius - A conversation with Darrin McMahon, the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College. The word "genius" evokes great figures like Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart and Shakespeare but what quintessential quality unites these individuals? Can we measure it? Can we create it? This thoughtful conversation explores Darrin's research on the evolution of genius from Plato to Einstein in an effort to illuminate what our evolving genius mythology reveals about the rest of us.

    III. III. Turning the Mirror: A View From The East - A conversation with Pankaj Mishra, award-winning author. This conversation covers several of Pankaj's books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them. Pankaj Mishra also describes how the long shadow of Western colonialism has significantly affected, and still significantly affects, those in the East, giving us revealing guideposts to help us develop greater tolerance and cultural understanding.

    IV. Pants On Fire: On Lying In Politics - A conversation with Martin Jay, the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History Emeritus at UC Berkeley. A thought-provoking book in dialogue format examining Martin Jay's extensive research on lying in politics from Plato and St. Augustine to Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss which culminated in his book The Virtues of Mendacity.

    V. V. Quest For Freedom - A conversation with Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. This conversation examines how Quentin Skinner came to appreciate the importance of the distinction between the modern view of freedom and the so-called neo-Roman view, together with what it implies for our current and future political understanding.

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    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and intellectual historian David Hollinger, UC Berkeley, and examines the unique role that different strands of religion have played in 20th-century American culture. The conversation examines intriguing aspects of the distinction between Ecumenical and Evangelical Protestantism, the often overlooked role of Ecumenical Protestantism in the history of the USA, secularization theory, the development of the two-party system, the role of missionaries, and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Exception that Proves the Rule?, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Diverging Protestants: Ecumenical vs. Evangelical
    II. Drifting towards Secularism? American religious exceptionalism
    III. Often Overlooked: Reinhold Niebuhr's Legacy
    /> IV. The Missionary Position: Encounters with The Other
    V. Demographic Diversification: Cosmopolitan spies and other issues
    VI. William James: Interpretations and misinterpretations
    VII. Strident Atheists: Evangelism 2.0
    VIII. An Empty Stage: America's intellectual exchange deficit
    IX. Future Speculations: Pushing a historian out of his comfort zone

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

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