We’re delighted that Robert J. Sawyer will return to TEDxManitoba in 2012 with a brand new talk.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to have won all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo Award (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan). The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. His 21st novel, Triggers, comes out in April 2012.
What motivates you?
The firm belief that the universe is comprehensible, that nothing is beyond human understanding, and that science is our best tool for discovering the truth.
What do you do for a living and why?
I’m a science-fiction writer. My job is to get people to think rationally, jarring them out of their complacency, and make them active participants in determining the future of humanity.
Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?
Steven Pinker on the myth of violence.
Why are you excited to speak at TEDxManitoba?
The chance to engage with a bright, inquisitive audience; the juxtaposition of engaging ideas as the tapestry of speakers unfolds over the course of the day.
What is your idea worth spreading?
I have a few ideas worth spreading: the first immortal has probably already been born; people alive today will live not just to see the twenty-second century, but also the twenty-third. Radical life prolongation will change this world and open others to us, and finally give us the time and wisdom to solve the ethical problems that have vexed us for millennia.