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The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Do We Still Believe in Science?

From the Enlightenment onward, science gained our trust and we followed its logic readily. But in an increasingly complex and skeptical world, will advancements in genetics, Artificial Intelligence, and countless other endeavours keep us believing, or will we lose the taste for a life shaped by science and technology? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.
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  • Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute

  • Perimeter Institute
  • Dr. Turok is the Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has worked in a number of areas of theoretical physics and cosmology, focusing on developing fundamental theories and new observational tests. With Stephen Hawking, he developed the Hawking-Turok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes, and with Paul Steinhardt developed a cyclic theory of the universe.
  • Natalie Angier, Science Reporter

  • New York Times
  • Ms. Angier is an author and a Pulitzer-Prize winning science columnist for the New York Times. She is the President's Council of Cornell Women A.D. White Professor-at-Large. Her latest book entitled "The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science" is her guide to the fundamental concepts of modern science.
  • Michael Griffin, King-McDonald Eminent Scholar and Professor

  • University of Alabama
  • Dr. Griffin is an Eminent Scholar and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From 2005-09 he was the Administrator of NASA. Prior to this he was the Space Department Head at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
  • Nadia El-Awady, President WFSJ, Freelance Science Journalist

  • Nadia El-Awady is a freelance journalist, lecturer of online journalism at the Al-Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, and a coordinator for a World Federation of Science Journalists training program of science journalists. She co-founded the Arab Science Journalists Association and was its first president, and is now the President of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
  • Stewart Brand, President

  • The Long Now Foundation
  • Mr. Brand is co-chairman of the board of directors for The Long Now Foundation. He is also co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network and GBN Book Club. Mr. Brand is well known for founding, editing and publishing the "Whole Earth Catalog".
  • Steve Paikin, Host

  • TVO
  • Steve Paikin's distinguished career in journalism includes twelve years as co-host of TVO's Studio 2, host of TVO's weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, and host of TVO's provincial affairs program Fourth Reading. Steve Paikin is the author of four books: "The New Game"; "Public Triumph", "Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts" and "The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life."
  • Mike Lazaridis, Board Chair

  • Research in Motion (RIM) Limited
  • Mike Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He is the recipient of many awards, including Canada's most prestigious innovation prize - The Ernest C. Manning Principal Award. He was listed on the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was named to the Order of Ontario and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous philanthropic gifts made possible by his success in business.
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