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This week on The Point
September 21: Brain as Machine
Major American and European initiatives have set lofty goals and are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into mapping and modeling the human brain. Some in the neuroscience think these projects are on the wrong track, and that a more hypothesis-driven approach is in order. Guests: Tony Prescott - University of Sheffield, Bristol Robotics Laboratory; John Lisman - Brandeis University; Paul Verschure – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
September 22: Fishing Culture and Shipwrecks
The culture of fishing. From tattoos to fishing gear, oilskins to fancy knot work each tells a story about the evolution and culture of the working waterfront. Guests: Laura Orleans, Director Working Waterfront Festival and Captain Alan Cass, fisherman, and photographer who has a collection of unusual catches. Later in the hour Matthew Lawrence, Archaeologist and Maritime Heritage Coordinator a Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary talks about the book he co-authored Shipwrecks of Stellwagon Bank, Disaster in New England’s National Marine Sanctuary
September 23: Ron Lasko and Nils Bockmann
Ronald Lasko talks about his book A Tale of Two Rivers, about the fly fishing on the Quashent and Mashpee Rivers. He also discusses his new book Bloody Monday- January 26, 2009: A Novel of Corporate Greed Based On Actual Events. Later in the hour Nils Bockmann discusses his book Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod.
September 24: Gabriella Blum
Gabriella Blum, Professor of Human Rights Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Author of The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones – Confronting A New Age of Threat. From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the U.S. government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesome effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies—from drones to computer networks and biological agents—which could be used to attack states and private citizens alike.
September 25: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.