Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

The Reality Bubble: What Are We Not Seeing?

FoI at Waterstones/
Thu 06 February 2020

Ziya Tong

The Reality Bubble: What Are We Not Seeing?

Ziya Tong
Thu 06 February 2020,

Ziya Tong discusses some of the biggest misconceptions we hold about the world around us and how we can address them. What percentage of your DNA came from a factory? Why does so much of our oil come from the Middle East? How did Cold War nuclear bombs help solve a detective mystery? Where does our food really come from – and where does our waste go? What are we not seeing?

We are blind in comparison to the technology we have created – x-rays, mass spectrometers, high-tech surveillance systems – and compared to the animals that can see in infrared, ultraviolet or with 360-degree vision. But we’re also blind in our knowledge of the systems that inform our everyday lives, either because that information has been hidden from us, or because we’ve chosen to ignore it. Tong illuminates these hidden worlds, taking us on a journey to examine some of humanity’s biggest blind spots. In conversation with Madhu Krishnan.

This event launches a new series of monthly shorts from Rising Arts Agency called Home Grown. At the start of selected Festival of Ideas events throughout 2020 we’ll highlight important voices from a diverse community of young leaders situated across the city. We begin with:

Leadership Blindspots 
Euella Jackson is the Engagement Producer at Rising Arts Agency, a social enterprise run by young creative thinkers in Bristol advocating for sector and cultural change through research projects, industry consultation and creative agency services. In her talk, Euella will be exploring the role of young people as the key to innovative decision-making.

Image credit: Noel Fox

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