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New Dialogues On Time, Science And Culture In Seattle

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I am here in the Emerald City for a week studying how stars like the sun spend their elder years. While I am here, however, I am fortunate to participate with KCTS 9 and the Pacific Science Center on an unusual approach to discussing science in the public sphere. The remarkable thing is everyone out there in interweb-land can participate too.

On Thursday Feb 23 at 7 pm PST, KCTS 9 will be Web-broadcasting a live-audience, moderated conversation on "Revolutions in Time, Culture & The Cosmos" which was, as those following this blog know, the subject of my last book.

While I have been doing lots of lectures on the subject, Thursday's event is a completely new format for me. It's one that I think holds a lot of promise.

Instead of me presenting a lecture in front of power-point slides, the audience — both in-studio and on the web — will be part of a conversation with Hanson Hosein of the UW and myself on cosmology and culture. Live polling based on questions we have been working to put together will, I hope, teach all of us about cultural attitudes about time, technology and cosmology's human context.

I am really excited to see how this works out.

In a culture where science shapes so much of culture, developing new ways to talk about its influence and results in the public domain may be one of our most necessary inventions.