Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
4:30pm

The Reality Bubble

with Ziya Tong
Hosted by Maclean’s John Geddes

The Reality Bubble

with Ziya Tong
Hosted by Maclean’s John Geddes
4
Saturday
May
4:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Ziya Tong

Join one of the world’s most engaging science journalists for a groundbreaking and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.

 

Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the X-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance systems that see with artificial intelligence. And we are blind compared to the animals that can see in infrared, or ultraviolet, or in 360-degree vision. These animals live in the same world we do, but they see something quite different when they look around.

 

With all of the curiosity and flair that drives her broadcasting, Ziya Tong reveals to us this hidden world, and takes us on a journey to examine ten of humanity’s biggest blind spots. Her new book, The Reality Bubble , shows how science, and the curiosity that drives it, can help civilization flourish by opening our eyes to the landscape laid out before us. What she reveals is our blindness to a dimension of our society that is kept secret from us. There are cameras everywhere, she reminds us, except where our food comes from, where our energy comes from, and where our waste goes. 

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs. 

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