“Past, future, and fantasy climate change – from the mid-Cretaceous to Middle Earth Lecture” , Bristol University, Cabot Institute, UK, 11th of March 2015

    Dan Lunt

    Dan Lunt, Professor of Climate Science

    School of Geographical Sciences

    11 March 2015, 6.00 PM, Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, UK

    Future Earth

    The “Past, future, and fantasy climate change – from the mid-Cretaceous to Middle Earth Lecture” inaugural lecture will be given by Cabot Institute member Professor Dan Lunt.
    As a curiosity-driven scientist, understanding the past climate of our Earth (from the scorching greenhouse of the mid-Cretaceous, to the frozen wastes of the last ice age) is of fundamental interest. However, to what extent can such understanding improve our predictions of future climate change?  And what can we learn about climate from the Lord of the Rings ?!
    Prof.Dan Lunt, University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences, UK  : “My research interests are broad, but a particular focus is on icesheet-climate interactions, both in the past and in the future.Other research focuses on understanding aspects of the palaeo record. The analysis and interpretation of palaeo data has led to the formation of many hypotheses regarding the mechanisms affecting past climate change. Models are ideal tools to test these hypotheses. In addition, modelling can itself lead to hypotheses which are testable by the collection and interpretation of new data, and can indicate regions in which new data could usefully be collected.

    I am also carrying out work on the climatic impacts of geoengineering – the “intentional large-scale manipulation of the environment”.

    I am an executive editor of the new EGU journal, Geoscientific Model Development, which is primarily for model descriptions, from box models to GCMs. The philosophy behind the journal, which aims to improve rigour and traceability in climate modelling, is described here.”

    Breath of Life

    14 March 2015, 1.00 PM

    Bruce Hood

    Watershed, Bristol Harbourside, Bristol

    Humans are the only species capable of imagining the future while at the same time ignoring the consequences of the future we are creating.
    “Breath of Life” reveals why humans are in denial about catastrophes of our own making that could come to pass sooner than we think. Filmed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Hawaii the film features breathtaking cinematography and insightful commentary from the world’s greatest evolutionary biologists and psychologists – but it is the common sense of farmers in the drought stricken western United States and the wisdom of Hawaiians from the most isolated place on the planet that show us the way back to a more honest and authentic relationship with the world and reality.
    Following the film, Bruce Hood, Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society (University of Bristol and Cabot Institute) will discuss the issues with director Susan Kucera.
    Dr. Richard Dawkins

    Ethologist and Evolutionary Biologist, Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Author, ‘The Selfish Gene’, ‘The Blind Watchmaker’

    Dr. Sue Blackmore

    Psychologist and Memeticist, Bristol, United Kingdom

    Author, ‘Introduction to Consciousness’

    Ugo Bardi

    Professor of Physical Chemistry University of Florence

    Author, ‘The Limits to Growth Revisited’

    President of the Association for peak oil and Gas (Italy)

    Ian Robertson

    Professor of Psychology

    Director of Trinity College Neuroscience Dublin, Ireland

    Azim Sharif

    Professor of Psychology (Religion, Morality, Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology) University of Oregon

    Dr. Dario Maestripieri

    Professor of Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology and Neurobiology, University of Chicago

    Author, ‘Games Primates Play’, ‘Machiavellian Intelligence’

    Kari Norgaard

    Professor of Sociology University of Oregon

    Author, ‘Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life’

    Maureen O’hara

    Professor of Psychology

    President International Futures Forum

    George Dyson

    Science Historian and Writer

    Author, ‘Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence’

    Dr. Robert Gifford

    Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies University of Victoria, Canada Author, ‘Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice’

    Dr. Harvey Whitehouse

    Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Oxford University, UK

    David Korton

    Economist and former Professor Harvard Business School

    Author, ‘When Corporations Rule the World’, ‘The Great Turning’

    Clive Hamilton

    Professor of Public Ethics, Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics University of Melbourne, Australia

    Author, ‘Requiem for a Species’,

    ‘Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering’

    Dr. Jorgen Randers

    Professor of Climate Strategy at the Bl Norwegian Business School

    Author, of Limits to Growth (1972) and 2052

    Deputy Director of the World Wildlife Fund from 1994 to 1999

    Dr. Bruce M. Hood

    Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Development Center, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

    Author, ‘SuperSense: Why We Believe the Unbelievable, ‘The Self Illusion’

    Dr. Joseph Tainter

    Professor of Anthropology, Utah State University

    Author, ‘The Collapse of Complex Societies’, ‘The Way the Wind Blows: Climate, History, and Human Action’, ‘Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma’.

    Dr. Brian Fagan

    Professor Emeritus of Anthropology University of California Santa Barbara

    Author, ‘The Attacking Ocean’, ‘Elixir’, ‘The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization’

    Dr. Michael Shermer

    Psychologist, and Science Historian

    Author, ‘The Believing Brain’, ‘Why Darwin Matters’

    Dr. Robert Trivers

    Evolutionary Biologist, Rutgers University

    Author, ‘The Folly of Fools; the Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life’, ‘Natural Selection and Social Theory’, ‘Genes in Conflict’

    Dr. Paul Piff

    Professor of Psychology Institute of Personality and Social Research University of California Berkeley Dissertation: ‘On wealth and wrongdoing: How social class influences unethical behavior’.

    Paul Roberts

    Journalist and Author, ‘End of Oil’, ‘End of Food’

    Contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and The Guardian (UK), Slate, USA Today, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone

    Dr. William Catton

    Professor Emeritus of Sociology

    Author, ‘Overshoot: ‘The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, ‘From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology, ‘Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse’

    Dr. Thomas Metzinger

    Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Theoretical Philosophy Group at the Department of Philosophy of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

    Author, ‘The Ego Tunnel’

    Michael Thoma

    Professor of Film Studies, Capilano University Canada

    Author, Writer and Producer for Viacom Pictures, MGM and UPN Paramount

    John Stauber

    Founder Center for Media and Democracy, PR Watch and SourceWatch

    Author, ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’, ‘Toxic Sludge is Good for You’

    Cynthia Matzke

    Marine Biologist Masters Scripps Institute of Oceanography

    Dr. John Marra

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NCDC Regional Climate Services Director, Pacific Region. Former Senior Scientist, Coastal Natural Hazards Specialist at NOAA IDEA Center, PSGS Senior Coastal Hazards Specialist at NOAA Pacific Services Center.

    University of Canterbury, The University of Montana, Stanford University

    Visit the website for further details of the film.
    This event is part of Bristol 2015 and is supported by the Cabot Institute and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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