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2013 World Science Festival live streaming starts Thursday

World Science Festival

The 2013 World Science Festival runs May 29 to June 2 in New York City.

Take a look at their schedule of free live webcasts (beginning Thursday).

Here are iCouchPotato’s best bets (times are Eastern):

The Whispering Mind: The Enduring Conundrum of Consciousness

Terry MoranMélanie BolyChristof KochColin McGinnNicholas Schiff

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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 of even an individual nerve cell, are bringing scientists closer than ever to the neurobiological basis of consciousness.  Join some of the world’s leading researchers who are primed to determine if Homo sapiens are the only conscious species, if consciousness lives only within our brain or also outside of it, and ultimately, the fundamental biochemical processes underlying the life of the mind.

Infinity

Keith DevlinRaphael BoussoPhilip ClaytonSteven StrogatzW. Hugh Woodin

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

“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 19th century. A subject extensively studied by philosophers, mathematicians, and more recently, physicists and cosmologists, infinity still stands as an enigma of the intellectual world. Thinkers clash over questions such as: Does infinity exist? Can it be found in the physical world? What types of infinity are there? Through an interdisciplinary discussion with some of the world’s leading thinkers, this program will delve into the many facets of infinity and address some of the deepest questions and controversies that mention of the infinite continues to inspire.

Multiverse: One Universe or Many?

John HockenberryAndreas AlbrechtAlan GuthAndrei LindeNeil Turok

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

The inflationary theory of cosmology, an enduring theory about our universe and how it was formed, explains that just after the Big Bang, the universe went through a period of rapid expansion. This theory has been critical to understanding what’s going on in the cosmos today. But now, this long-held notion—which seems to suggest as-yet-unproven and perhaps unprovable features such as the multiverse—is under increasing attack. Through informed debate among architects of the inflationary theory and its prime competitors, this program will explore our best attempts to understand where we came from.

 

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