Neil Turok on The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos
Big Ideas presents physicist Neil Turok with the fifth installment of his 2012 CBC Massey Lectures "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos". His lecture was delivered at Koerner Hall, Toronto, on October 24th, 2012.
Kwame McKenzie on Immigration Sickness
Lt. General (ret.) Andrew Leslie on Lessons From Afghanistan
Lieutenant General (retired) Andrew Leslie, the Former Chief of Transformation for the Canadian Armed Forces, discusses the lessons that can be learned from the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan. He explores how these lessons need to be applied to the Canadian Force's priorities in the face of future budget cuts.
- 2011 Report on Transformation of the Canadian Armed Forces from the Department of National Defence website
Grandest Challenge Pt 3 - Samantha Nutt and Stephen Lewis
Our third installment of The Grandest Challenge Symposium features Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child. Also featured is Stephen Lewis, Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the author of Race Against Time. Both Lewis and Nutt address the challenges of humanitarian intervention in Africa.
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Jordan Peterson on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity
University of Toronto Psychology Professor, Jordan Peterson, on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity. Dr. Peterson's lecture was the keynote address at the 2012 Meaning Conference held in Toronto.
- Big Ideas Video: Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us
Julian Barbour on Does Time Exist?
Julian Barbour, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the author of "The End of Time", addresses the question, Does Time Exist? Barbour explores the history of scientific thought on the concept of time and presents his own interpretations of what time is.
- Big Ideas video: Harvey Brown on Concepts of Time and Motion
Tyler Cowen and Andrew Coyne on The Great Stagnation
Tyler Cowen discusses his book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. Andrew Coyne (National Post) presents a rebuttal and the pair discuss Cowen's thesis focusing on issues of productivity, innovation and government policy (moderated by Wendy Dobson).
Senator Hugh Segal on Fighting Poverty in Canada
In a lecture entitled "Fighting Poverty", Senator Hugh Segal explains why we need a new national approach to tackling poverty arguing that the costs and consequences of poverty are much larger than direct spending on social programs. Segal has been a long-time proponent of establishing a Guaranteed Annual Income. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.
Douglas Thomas on A New Culture of Learning
Douglas Thomas, author of A New Culture of Learning, delivers a lecture on the intersections of technology, culture and education. This lecture is part of Learning 2030, TVO's special series on the future of education and was recorded on October 28, 2012.
Grandest Challenge Symposium Pt 2 featuring James Orbinski
Our second installment of The Grandest Challenge Symposium features James Orbinski, author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century. Following Dr. Orbinski's lecture he is joined in conversation by moderator Gillian Findlay.