Pushing the Limits: Knowledge
This public program is an investigation into how humans have continuously sought to expand their own knowledge and to pass it on to others. Whether through oral traditions and primitive technologies, or through new high tech advances, we constantly push our limits for gathering, archiving, and transmitting knowledge.
Interview with Jean Auel
As author of the best-seller Earth’s Children series, Jean Auel’s long-time passion has been the possibility of the intersection of the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon peoples during the early Neolithic era. Her works are based on more than thirty years of consultation with experts around the world, visits to numerous archeological sites, and her own studious research.
In her speculative history books, genetic memory and experiential knowledge are weighed for their pros and cons in affecting culture, relationships, and eventually even the continued existence of species. Interestingly, it was after the publication of Land of the Painted Caves that scientists confirmed the existence of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans–increasing our own knowledge of our past ancestors.
You can watch Jean Auel’s interview below. Note that the button on the bottom right of the video will make the video go to “full screen” mode. In full screen mode you will have the control at the bottom of the screen to advance and rewind. After viewing, you can select the esc key to escape full screen.
Alternatively, you can select the video icon at the bottom of the page to download the video to your own computer, which is a better option if you have limited bandwidth. We recommend downloading (now or later) all of the videos and resources to use during your library programs. Downloaded videos are .mp4 files. If your computer does not open and play them automatically, you may need to download a free video player, such as Quicktime or VLC.
Science in Everyday Life
Chef Sean Brock has been featured on PBS, the Cooking Channel, in Food and Wine Magazine and The New Yorker. He has two Charleston, South Carolina restaurants and two James Beard Awards to his credit, but he’s not satisfied. His ambition is to preserve and revitalize culinary knowledge from the golden age of Southern Cuisine through seed saving from heirloom crops, raising his own heritage breed pigs, and pushing the limits of molecular gastronomy in his recipes.
Watch Sean’s story here, or select the video icon at the bottom of the page to download it to your computer.
Science in Everyday Life
To support your implementation of Pushing the Limits: Knowledge you can download this document, which contains:
- A list of additional suggested books
- A set of discussion questions that can be customized to your community’s interests
Marketing your Program
We recommend starting your planning and marketing at least 2-3 months before your program date. Please note that instructions for appropriate credit are included in the Marketing and Communications Plan Template. At minimum, the following program credit line must appear in all published materials relating to Pushing the Limits:
Download the Interview with Jean Auel. Depending on your bandwidth, this file may take several minutes to download. It is approximately four minutes of video.
Download Sean’s story here. This video is approximately twelve minutes long and may take several minutes to download. We recommend that you download all the files for your public program, rather than stream them from this website.
Download a one-minute video that you can use to promote the program through your own website.
Download a list of short readings related to this topic. You and your science partner may want to use these as additional examples in your program, or they may lead to ideas for customizing the programs for your own community.
and copies may be distributed outside of the library only if accompanied by a copy of this document.