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Michael Neelsen

in Madison, WI

What all truth seekers have in common

PRESENTED ON FEB 16, 2017
IN MADISON, WI @ VOL 21

There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.

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Quest for Truth in a Digital Age

BY LISA WENGER
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 06, 2014

Lisa Wenger's work is a quest for truth in a digital age. As viewers, we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, which are often so beautiful that they have become grotesque. She chooses to emphasize and praise imperfections in her portraits rather than allow media to persuade us that only perfection is beautiful. 

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The Naked Truth

BY TIRZA SHELTON
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 16, 2014

Using images of painted bodies, and a talk laced with quotes by famous people of wisdom, Tirza Shelton shows us how self-enriching it can be to shed the layers we have all been cloaking our true selves in since Adam and Eve first tasted the fruit of knowlege. If we can strip to our true essence, we can embrace our own story.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 20, 2014.

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The Truth of a Moment

BY FUMIAKI YAMAZAKI
@ VOL 117 ON SEP 24, 2014

Photographer Fumiaki Yamazaki is an artist behind the camera lens, and tries to capture the beauty that is in the nature around him. "The Truth of a Moment" is his inspiration that keeps his photos and art, honest but unique. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 10, 2014.

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The Truth about Islam

BY ABDULELAH ALALSHEIKH
@ VOL 7 ON NOV 29, 2014

Abdulelah Alalsheik retraces the history of Islam and debunks some misconceptions about this religion.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 16, 2015.

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The PechaKucha Truth

BY DALE WEISS
@ VOL 15 ON AUG 20, 2016

Williamsburg organizer Dale Weiss asked his Facebook friends to send in some randon pictures, and Dale would see if he could make a story out of the images. Once he recieved the images, he realized the truth of PechaKucha was still out there, and needed exploring. (Apologies to Astrid on the national origin, but those ancient alien astronaut theorists do sloppy research).

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Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth

BY LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

"This poem is an ode to every hard-working artist who knows the joy of struggle from which their art comes."

In Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth from PechaKucha Night San Antonio Vol. 20, poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero looks back at her ancestors’ history of labor and struggle as art, a legacy of poets, musicians, and painters whose artistry was a way to map and ultimately transcend the world. Art, she says, is a pursuit of truth. It was her ancestor’s many generations of that pursuit that ultimately gave her the privilege and position of being asked to make art: the maker, not the object. Through poetry, Guerrero invites us to share in that space of openness, vulnerability and ultimately grace.

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Truth bee told

BY KRISTINA MACDONALD
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Kristina Macdonald, a 26 year old ecologist at the beginning of her vocation is currently working in the biodiversity team at the Christchurch City Council. With a passion for conservation, Kristina is involved in a range of enviro ventures including lizard and bird monitoring, pest plant management and urban biodiversity.

Knowing the importance of community involvement to improve local biodiversity, Kristina has led the Backyard Mistletoe Project for the last two years. This project has successfully seen over 16 thousand native, locally rare mistletoe seeds sown by our community in backyards all over Christchurch. In this PechaKucha, Kristina highlights the importance of science behind conservation by telling the story of pollination decline and community efforts.

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The Truth about Mental Illness

BY JAMES LOTT
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 30, 2018

James Lott has a lot of experience with mental illness. Listen to his presentation as he clarifies the realities of what mental illness is and is not.

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The Truth About Lies

BY MARTIN ATKINSON
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

It might seem like fake news is a problem of the modern world, but there's nothing new about the art of the lie. Politicians have always lied and will always lie. And there have always been forces that try to fight disinformation. In this talk, JRC researcher Martin Atkinson explains what science and technology can do to detect liars and how these tools are used to fight disinformation in the EU.