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Peter Coyote: How the Manhattan Project Poisoned Science

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August 14, 2013
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Bay Area actor, writer and film narrator Peter Coyote is also a countercultural visionary whose ordination as a Zen Buddhist priest has led him to an examination of the limits of human intelligence. Though our applied intelligence has resulted in incredible innovations (tools, technology, science), Coyote is concerned with the unintended consequences of advancement: violence, war and destruction. Coyote discusses the power of intelligence to address social ills.


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