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12/03/2011

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55 minutes
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Saturday 12 March 2011

The Forum special recording at an Editorial Intelligence Symposium in Portmeirion. The theme: How to tackle the unknowns in our world, from the ocean ecosystem, the unrest in the Arab World, to the mind of the other.

Polymath, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of ‘The Black Swan’ and the man credited with helping us understand about how random events rule our world.

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, with first hand experience of a world unknown to most of us.

And painter and poet Frieda Hughes, who uncovers insights into the unknown, from a perfect child she never had, to the mind of a suicide bomber.

Plus contributions from a lively audience of opinion formers.

llustration by Emily Kasriel: Negotiating the values of an unknown world on the ocean floor.

Chapters

2 items
  • The Forum Part 1

    The Forum special recording at an Editorial Intelligence symposium in Portmeirion.

  • The Forum Part 2

    The Forum special recording at an Editorial Intelligence symposium in Portmeirion.

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    Lebanese- American Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of ‘The Black Swan’. His latest book ‘The Bed of Procrustes’ ‘ addresses the ways in which humans “squeeze life and the world into crisp commoditized ideas". He discusses the tension between rationalism and empiricism and argues that too much knowledge can be a burden.

  • Sylvia Earle

    Sylvia Earle

    American oceanographer Sylvia Earle has first hand experience of a world unknown to most of us. She has spent thousands of hours under the sea, studying marine organisms, and observing the effects we humans are having on them. She is one of the select few scientists to be included in the US Library of Congress list of Living Legends, and suggests most of us underestimate quite how valuable the oceans are for everyone on the planet.

    Photograph by Habie Schwarz.

  • Frieda Hughes

    Frieda Hughes

    Frieda Hughes, known primarily as a poet, an abstract painter and author for both children and adults. Her poems explore the human condition through her own experiences and the behaviour of others around her.

  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    In next week's programme, evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban, Physicist Brian Greene and Finnish artist Oron Catts.

  • Recording The Forum at the Editorial Intelligence Symposium, Portmeirion.

    Recording The Forum at the Editorial Intelligence Symposium, Portmeirion.

    Photograph by Habie Schwarz.

  • Bridget Kendall recording Editorial Intelligence Symposium in Portmeirion.

    Bridget Kendall recording Editorial Intelligence Symposium in Portmeirion.

    Photograph by Habie Schwarz.

  • The audience at The Forum recording the Editorial Intelligence Symposium in Portmeirion

    The audience at The Forum recording the Editorial Intelligence Symposium in Portmeirion

    Photograph by Habie Schwarz.

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