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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 20th Sep 2010
Once Jeremy Leggett worked for an oil company but learning about the threat of peak oil turned him into an environmental campaigner. In this story Jeremy Leggett charts his professional turn about and describes the urgent case of Peak Oil and the need for the world to adapt rapidly to a shifting energy reality. That supplies of oil will peak and then decline was described by M. King Hubbert and in this fifteen minute tour de force, Leggett describes both what is happening and what we can do about it. As he says, it is not all doom and gloom for if we all come together- as was the case during the Second World War- the transition to a cleaner, greener post-oil economy is possible.
Iain Hutchison is one of the world's leading oral and maxillofacial surgeons and he takes on the topic of 'what's in a face?' in his fifteen minutes, challenging the audience with images and ideas that get to the root of human identity. What is the meaning of the face for a person's identity? What kind of discrimination confronts people with severe facial disfigurement? What is the psychological- and material- benefit of having surgery to reconstruct the face? What are the relative benefits of pioneering surgery of the type which Iain Hutchison has developed? What are the other reasons that people become anxious about their identities, such as body dysmorphic disorder? All these questions and more are confronted in this talk which makes us think about both how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.