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    Scientific Predictions About the Future

    Panelists talked about the world envisioned by previous generations, and how things are different from that vision today. Greg Benford of the University of California, noted that many…

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    Global Pandemic Prevention

    Panelists discussed the spread of viruses and the science behind it. Topics included the spread of viruses, global travel, crowding, megacities, deforestation, and concerns over vaccinating…

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    The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    Matt Ridley argues that people should be optimistic about the 21st Century because it will be more prosperous than prior centuries. He says that this advancement is due to the nature of…

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    The Greatest Show on Earth

    Richard Dawkins talked about his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Free Press; September 22, 2009). In his book he lays out the evidence that supports the theory…

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    The Einstein File

    Fred Jerome talked about his book The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist, published by Martin’s Press. In this book he details the…

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    The Secret History of the War on Cancer

    Devra Davis talked about her book The Secret History of the War on Cancer, published by Basic Books. In her book she argues that while a large amount of attention and money has been spent…

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    The Ethical Brain

    Michael Gazzaniga discussed his book The Ethical Brain, published by Dana Press, with novelist Tom Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe made references to Michael Gazzaniga and Mr. Gazzaniga’s previous book,…

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    Science in the 21st Century

    Scientists from various fields discussed the past, present, and future of scientific knowledge and research. They discussed what types of questions remain to be answered. After their individual…

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