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Filmed on Monday January 22, 02018

Charles C. Mann

The Wizard and the Prophet

Science journalist Charles C. Mann is author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (02006), 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (02012) and The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World (02018).

Advance tickets for this Seminar are sold out. There will be a limited number of released tickets starting at 6:30pm, please come to the ticket tables in the theater lobby to inquire if any are available. Doors to the theater open at 7:00pm.

Civilization’s health hangs on how we manage food, water, energy, and climate. Two conflicting visions dominate how we think about them. Each vision had an original creator and exemplar—the “prophet” William Vogt, author of Road to Survival, and the “wizard” Norman Borlaug, mastermind of The Green Revolution in agriculture. The prophet says to repent and cut back on everything; the wizard says that clever enough innovation can always find a way forward.

Examine both visionaries and their visions closely, and a way to proceed emerges that combines alert caution with bold invention.

Charles C. Mann is the author of the 2006 book 1491, about the Americas before Columbus, and the 2012 book 1493, about the Americas after Columbus. His previous SALT talk, in April 2012, was about “the Homogenocene."

This Seminar is the book release event for Charles C. Mann's newest book, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World (release date 1/23/18). We will have copies of his book for sale by Green Apple Books and Charles C. Mann will be doing a signing after the event. If you will be attending, please do buy your copy at the Seminar, directly from local SF bookstore Green Apple and have it signed by the author!

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