Author of the provacative book Time Warped on the fascinating puzzle of time perception. An award-winning broadcaster, writer, psychology lecturer, BBC World Service Radio and BBC World News TV presenter
Can we become great "observationalists?" Five Questions with Maria Konnikova
Can we still solve big problems? Five Questions with Jason Pontin
Philippe Petit: Just "a long walk on a high path"
Engaging choreographer Elizabeth Streb about whether movement "must be extreme" so "people will notice it as action," Philippe Petit took a different view of exercising suzerainty, of owning the moment. The Artsmeme blog:
In amazingly fluent English, Petit rejoined, 'I never take risks. I’m very tired of those words: risk-taker. dare-devil. I take a long walk on a high path in the sky. That poetry is not extreme — it’s exquisite, enigmatic....'
'I am not chancing my life by walking the wire. I am carrying my life across the wire.'
Help Build an Ocean in the Desert: The Desert Sea at Biosphere 2
Rafe Sagarin, IdeaFestival 2013 speaker, is heading to University of Arizona's first crowd-funding campaign to plan the transformation of Biosphere 2's tropical lagoon into an ocean filled with species from the Gulf of California. The campaign - "Build an Ocean in the Desert" - allows donors to qualify for overnight vistis and diving experiences at Biosphere 2.