CSW Past Events


October 14, 2015: Philip Tetlock (Prof. of Social Psychology, University of Pennsylvania), “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction”

September 30, 2015:  Casey Schwartz (Staff Writer, Newsweek), "In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis"

September 16, 2015:  Wendell Wallach (Ethicist, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University), "A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control"

April 30, 2015. "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming." Naomi Oreskes, historian of science.

March 25, 2015. "Embracing Transhumanism." Steve Fuller, social epistemologist.

February 4, 2015. "How the Hippies Saved Physics." David Kaiser, historian of science.


November 19, 2014. "The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities." Caleb Scharf, astrophysicist.

October 22, 2014. "The Promise and Perils of Open Systems." Andrew Russell, historian. View presentation.

October 15, 2014. "Sexual Violence and Development." Madhusree Mukerjee, science journalist. 

September 24, 2014. "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance." David Epstein, sports writer. Recap here.

April 23, 2014. "Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond." Dan Fagin, science journalist. Recap here.

March 5, 2014. "How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes." Maria Konnikova, psychologist and writer. Recap here.

February 19, 2014. "Greening the Planet: Beyond Woe is Me, Shame on You." Andrew Revkin, science writer.

February 12, 2014. "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know." Peter Singer, senior fellow, Brookings Institution. Recap here.


October 23, 2013. "I am Science--And So Can You!" Mariette DiChristina, science writer.

October 9, 2013. "This is your Brain in Danger." Joseph LeDoux, neuroscientist.

March 20, 2013. "The Physics of Wall Street." Jim Weatherall, philosopher and physicist. View presentation.

February 20, 2013. "Science, History and Global Conquest." James E. McClellan III, historian of science. View presentation.

February 5, 2013. "Can Science Tell Us How To Be Good?" Philip Kitcher, philosopher. View presentation.

January 18, 2013. "What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?" Jared Diamond, geographer. Recap here.


November 14, 2012. "Can We Learn to be Happy?" Elaine Fox, psychologist.

October 19, 2012. "Ethics and the Election." Peter Singer, philosopher. View presentation.

September 26, 2012. "Why We Lie (Even to Ourselves)." Robert Trivers, evolutionary psychologist.

April 11, 2012. "The End of War." John Horgan, science journalist.

March 21, 2012. "Churchill's Mad Scientist." Madhusree Mukerjee, journalist.

February 29, 2012. "Do Psychiatric Drugs Hurt More than they Help?" Robert Whitaker, journalist.

January 24, 2012. "ANTIFRAGILITY: Coping With Unpredictability in Finance, Engineering and Other Fields." Nassim Nicholas Taleb, science writer.


November 16, 2011. "Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything." Margaret Wertheim, science writer.

October 12, 2011. "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood." James Gleick, science writer. View presentation.

September 28, 2011. "Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Memory." Joshua Foer, journalist.

April 27, 2011. "Facing the Truth about Global Warming." James Hansen, director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

March 9, 2011, "Is Ultimate Truth an Equation?" Robert Crease, philosopher and historian of science, Stony Brook University.

February 16, 2011. “Split-Second Persuasion." Kevin Dutton, psychologist, University of Cambridge.


November 10, 2010. “Is the Internet Making Us Stupid?” Technology writer Nicholas Carr.

October 20, 2010. “Can Brain Science Make Us Wiser?” Science writer Stephen S. Hall.

September 29, 2010. “Why We Need Nukes Now.” Journalist Gwyneth Cravens.

April 7, 2010. “The Birth of Quantum Mechanics.” Science writer Louisa Gilder.

April 28, 2010. “The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One.” Oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle.

March 10, 2010. “Mind Wars: The Weaponization of Brain Science.” Jonathan D. Moreno, ethicist, University of Pennsylvania.

February 17, 2010. “Are We Born to Wage War? If Not, Why Do We Do It?” Brian Ferguson, anthropologist, Rutgers University.


December 2, 2009. The Evolution of God. Robert Wright, journalist, bestselling author, founder, Bloggingheads.tv.

October 28, 2009. Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking, Charles Seife, professor of journalism, NYU.

September 23, 2009. Wired for War. Peter W. Singer, fellow, Brookings Institution.

April 20, 2009. How to Save the Planet. Columbia economist Jeffrey D. Sachs.

April 1, 2009. Ravens at the Feast: Sharing Versus Selfishness Among “Wolf Birds.” Bernd Heinrich, biologist, University of Vermont, author.

March 4, 2009, Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World. Jessica Sachs, science journalist, author (event co-sponsored with Professor Matthew Libera of Materials Science Department).

February 18, 2009. Reservoir of Genius: How Engineers Can Save Our Water. John Cronin, Director, Beacon Institute.

January 28, 2009. The Risks of Safety: When Good Machines Behave Badly. Edward Tenner, historian of technology, author.


December 3, 2008. Musicophilia. Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author.

November 12, 2008. 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. Michael Brooks, journalist, consultant to New Scientist magazine.

October 29, 2008. The Psychology of Politics. John Jost, NYU psychologist.

September 17, 2008. Microcosm. Carl Zimmer, author, journalist.

April 30, 2008: Green Innovation: Finding Creative Solutions to Environmental Problems. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, environmental consultants. Conversation moderated by New York Times reporter Andrew C. Revkin.

March 12, 2008. A Force of Nature: The Story of Ernest Rutherford. Richard Reeves, bestselling Presidential biographer.

February 6, 2008. Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Diet and Obesity. Gary Taubes, journalist and author.


December 12, 2007. The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University.

November 14, 2007. Behind the Lines: The Story of the Remarkable Men and Women Who Made the Scientific Discoveries and Developed the Weapons that Changed the Course of World War II. Jennet Conant, author, journalist.

October 17, 2007. The Search for Meaning in a Material World. Owen Flanagan. James D. Duke professor of philosophy, Duke University.

September 12, 2007. Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battles over Global Warming. Chris Mooney, author, journalist.

May 9, 2007. Conservation: Science and Religion. Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University.

March 21, 2007. Redesigning Humanity: How far should we go? Thomas Murray, president, Hastings Center, James Hughes, executive director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Trinity College.


October 18, 2006. The End of Science: A Debate. Michio Kaku, author, physicist CUNY, John Horgan, Lisa Dolling, and James McClellan.

September 20, 2006. Solving Katrina: Preventing the Next Disaster. Mark Fischetti, associate editor, Scientific American.

April 26, 2006. Everything Bad is Good for You. Steven Berlin Johnson, author, freelance journalist.

March 22, 2006. The Secrets of the Oracle. William J. Broad, author, New York Times reporter.

March 8, 2006. Challenging God and Mother Nature. Lee Silver, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University.

February 14, 2006. Re-Engineering Iraq. Glenn Zorpette, executive editor, IEEE Spectrum.

January 30, 2006. Science's Greatest Challenges. Sharon Begley, columnist, Wall Street, Steven Petranek, editor in chief, Discover, John Rennie, editor in chief, Scientific American.


December 14, 2005. The Melting Arctic and Other Tales of Global Warming. Andrew Revkin, New York Times.

November 22, 2005. The Search for Miss Leavitt. George Johnson, author, New York Times reporter.