The Aspen Ideas Festival
Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. A native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent, Gioia (pronounced JOY-uh) received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.
Gioia has published three full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture.
Topic: The Aspen Ideas Festival
Dana Gioia: What I love about the Aspen Conference is that it’s one of the few places in America where people who have excelled in totally different walks of life meet each other in a very unforced atmosphere and actually converse. We live in a society which is so specialized, most people don’t know very much except in their little occupations. And yet what we need to know is so broad – the amount of knowledge and experience in the world is so vast – that we need occasions like Aspen to in a sense enlarge our sense of the world.
Recorded On: 7/6/07
The Aspen Ideas Conference is people from all walks of life.
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- The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
- Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
- Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
- In nature, properties of Particle B may depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.