Re: What is your outlook?
Gillian Caldwell is the Executive Director of WITNESS, an international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy capaigns. Caldwell was a Co-Director of the Global Survival Network (now WildAid), where she coordinated the two-year undercover investigation into the trafficking of women in Russia that culminated in her 1997 film, Bought and Sold. She is the leader of the Witness to Truth video project in Sierra Leone that urges the government of Sierra Leone to implement TRC recommendations. Caldwell was the reipient of the 2000 Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership award and has been named one of 40 Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation, a 2003 Tech Laureate by the Tech Museum, and a Special Partner by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Caldwell received her BA from Harvard University and her JD in human rights law from Georgetown University. Her videos have been shown as evidence in legal proceedings, such as the international war crimes investigation against Slobodan Milosevic, in the Sierra Leone Truth Commission proceedings, and at the UN. Ideas recorded on: 8/13/07
Transcript:Well I think to go back to my earlier remark that, you know, you’re ultimately . . . you either believe we’re fundamentally good or you don’t, I am fundamentally optimistic, not pessimistic; but I think we’re at a tipping point here now. And I think that . . . I mean we now have possessed for decades the potential to annihilate ourselves hundreds of times over. And just as we possess those nuclear and chemical weapons that could annihilate us hundreds of times over, we are annihilating ourselves daily by virtue of how we live with respect to the climate that’s collapsing around us. So I, you know . . . I just . . . I hope we’re at the moment. And it seems to me we may be where we going to have to do a radical rethink of how we’re living. Because we cannot continue to consume in the way that we consume. We cannot continue to communicate and to misunderstand in the way that we do. And the stakes are simply too high in terms of how lethal our activity is and has been.
Recorded on: 8/13/07
Caldwell believes people are fundamentally good, but we are reaching a tipping point.
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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