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Third culture at Kosmopolis

Literature at the centre of the scene in interaction with the arts and the sciences

Since its first editions the festival has tackled the third culture and has presented figures ranging from John Brockman, one of the main activators of the third culture in the 21st century, to great scientists, writers and communicators such as Martine Bosman, Sònia Fernández-Vidal, Theodor Holm Nelson, Hope Jahren, Stefano Mancuso, Carl Safina, Lee Smolin, Ricard Solé and Robert Trivers.

Kosmopolis 05. The New Humanists. Science at the Edge

Debate with Marc Hauser, Lee Smolin, Robert Trivers and John Brockman

Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution through natural selection are the basis for these arguments. This talk gives the opportunity to a physicist, a cognitive neuroscientist, and an evolutionary biologist to explain how the common thread of Darwinian evolution has led them to new advances in their respective fields.

Carl Safina

Can We Know What Animals Think and Feel?

Consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, grief. Many animals think and feel a lot like people do; after all, people are animals. Carl Safina shows that in some surprising ways non-human minds aren’t really too different from ours. They know who their friends are. They know who their enemies are. They have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.

Hope Jahren

Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between

Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and defend themselves. Learn how plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood — they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.

Stefano Mancuso

The Roots of the Intelligence of Plants

Plants behave in curiously intelligent ways: they fight against predators, maximise opportunities for food, and have more senses than we can imagine. How should our ideas about the plant world and its function in the fabric of life change? Italian neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso presents some surprising evidence.

Kosmopolis 04. The Future of Electronic Literature

Lecture by Theodor Holm Nelson

Current electronic documents and the hierarchical structure implicit in them have been restricted by different traditions. For Theodor Holm Nelson, creator of the Xanadu Project, this is a situation that has to be altered. Nelson predicts a future of many alternative documentary structures with a variable interaction that will alter and enrich literary tradition.