Ockham's Razors

Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the principle that simpler theories are better than complex theories. Sober focuses on two paradigms to determine if the simplicity of a theory is relevant to determining what the world is like.

Exploring Caves on the Moon with Laser Imaging

Andreas Velten, Assistant Scientist, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, UW-Madison, introduces an imaging system which sends laser pulses from a lunar satellite to the entrances of caves on the moon. Analysis of the light “echo” from the caves provides images of the interiors and helps scientists to determine which of the caves could be explored with a lunar rover.

Two Arguments for Intelligent Design

Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, discusses the relationship between science and religion focusing on the “organismic design argument” and the “fine-tuning argument” which state that life could not have happened by a mindless process. Sober presents these theories in Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class.

Silvopasture: Moving Beyond Cows in the Woods

Diane Mayerfeld, Outreach Specialist, Sustainable Agriculture, UW- Extension; Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent/Educator, UW-Extension; Randy Mell, Natural Resources Educator, UW-Extension; Otto Wiegand, Agriculture Agent, UW-Extension; and Mark Rickenbach, Chair, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, discuss the integrated management of trees, livestock and forage.

Ferguson Is America: Roots of Rebellion

Jamala Rogers, Author and Community Organizer, St. Louis, MO, focuses on the history of racial injustice, incarceration rates and segregation in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri.

Pest Management in Specialty Crops

Russ Groves, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, explores the importance of specialty crops in Wisconsin and focuses on learning to control insects and mites. Groves discusses the consequences pest control can have on groundwater and the crop production environment.

The Storm That Sank the Edmund Fitzgerald

Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.

Southern Wisconsin's Glacial Landscape

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, shares an historical perspective of how the landscape could have been viewed a hundred years ago and contrasts that with a new remote sensing technology called “Lidar,” a combination of light and radar.

Why Is There Black Radicalism?

Cedric Robinson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, defines Black Radicalism and shares stories of individuals involved.

Consciousness, Reflexivity and Subjectivity

John Dunne, Distinguished Professor, UW Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, explores the relationship between consciousness, internalized and external objects and the subjective aspect of an object.


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