The Imperative for Truth: Academy Award-Winning Documentarian Errol Morris in Conversation with Edward Frenkel

Saturday, April 28 | 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
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Errol Morris interviewed by Edward Frenkel

In 1972, the hugely influential philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at Errol Morris, then a graduate student. Kuhn was famous for introducing the idea that truth depends upon a person’s “paradigm.” Morris thought that idea was bunk. He went on to create some of the most celebrated documentary films of our time, such as “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Fog of War” (for which he won the Academy Award), most of which demand that we establish a reality-based presentation of truth. Morris has developed an extensive rebuttal to Kuhn in an extraordinary book that delves into logic, math, literature, and the scientific method. In a time when truth is ever more embattled, come hear one of its greatest creative and intellectual practitioners. In conversation with Edward Frenkel, UC Berkeley professor of mathematics and also an eclectic thinker, author (“Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality”) and filmmaker. Special early release of Morris’s new book for the festival—come get your copy!

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