These are just some of the provocative issues on the program at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, the Bay Area's first ideas festival which takes place on Oct. 25-26 in downtown Berkeley.
Some of the world's greatest thinkers will be there -- including UC Berkeley's new Chancellor Nicholas Dirks; rightwing wunderkind Josh Barro; food guru Mollie Katzen; Annalee Newitz of science and science fiction site io9; Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas; winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon; National Center for Lesbian Rights' Kate Kendell; tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa; and architect of the new Bay Bridge Donald MacDonald.
As well as being blown away with "dangerous ideas," Uncharted festival-goers will engage with speakers, roll their sleeves up for some fun, hands-on workshops, and, last but not least, let their hair down at a fabulous party with delicious wine, beer, food and live music at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.
Uncharted is much less expensive than TED, a whole lot easier to get to than the Aspen Festival, and, someday, you will be able to say, "I was there, at the first Uncharted!"
Visit BerkeleyIdeas.com for details and to register.