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170-Year Old Family Saga of Persecution and Disease Leads to Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research









"Remember the past ... believe in the future" is how PETER ST. GEORGE-HYSLOP, 2014 laureate, sums up his thought-provoking Dan David Prize lecture given at Tel Aviv University on May 20th.

"Horrendous things happen to humans through disease, religious persecution and genocide; 

However, persistence, stoicism, bravery, strength of character, trust in one's faith, community and family, eventually prevail against these perils."

Listen to the lecture by Prof. St. George-Hyslop 'Biochemical Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease'

Listen to the entire symposium 'Mind and Memory: Biological and Digital' 

Do Computers Have a Soul? Would You Like to Live Forever?








Could a computer have a soul? Why not? says MARVIN MINSKY, 2014 laureate. As to the societal repercussions of AI, he claims Things are going to change alright, and the more people think about it, the better chance that the changes will be good.

"Somewhere down the line, some computers will become more intelligent than most people.

If you left a computer by itself, or a community of them together, they would try to figure out where they came from and what they are. If they came across a book about computer science they would laugh and say “that can’t be right.” And then you’d have different groups of computers with different ideas.

... there will always be some people who don’t like the idea of a limited lifespan, so you have the prospect of being able to take your brain and recode it and jump into a computer and live for 1,000 years instead of 100."

Read the Jerusalem Post interview, May 13, 2014



A visitor from the borderlands between theater and life

Krysztof Czyzewski







Krzysztof Czyzewski won the 2014 Dan David Prize for his artistic and social activity in bridging communities in Poland


" ...uses ancient Greek tragedy to deal with the ethnic-religious-human complexity of that region, where for many years Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Jews have lived for many years as neighbors — good and bad, together and separately."

 "Czyzewski saw the borderland as a place that makes it possible to clarify relations and nurture a dialogue among the “others” who differ from one another, out of a recognition of that difference and a willingness to deal with the good aspects, and the much worse ones, of being neighbors."

Read the article in Haaretz, May 21, 2014


Not Resisting Mortality, But Trying To Escape The Pressure It Puts On Us

The recent installations by WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012 laureate, entitled The Refusal of Time "have skillfully integrated moving image, sound, theater and sculptural elements in order to explore themes of science, globalization, colonialism, and memory."

"... outline a history of our changing comprehension of time, from an early celestial understanding to Newton’s absolute or mathematically precise time, to the subjective influence of Einstein and his theory of relativity." 

Read the article, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston