I’ve mentioned before what a big fan I am of The Edge. Two days ago, John Brockman posted an interview with Judea Pearl, a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA who is credited with starting the Bayesian Revolution in probabilistic thinking (of which I’m also a big fan!). The following presentation by Dr. Pearl is long, but contains quite a few gems.
I hadn’t put two and two together until I went to Dr. Pearl’s bio page that he is the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and Founder & President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The Foundation’s bio page for Judea Pearl notes the following:
Pearl is the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which he co-founded with his family in February 2002 “to continue Daniel’s life-work of dialogue and understanding and to address the root causes of his tragedy.” The Daniel Pearl Foundation sponsors journalism fellowships aimed at promoting honest reporting and East-West understanding, organizes worldwide concerts that promote inter-cultural respect, and sponsors public dialogues between Jews and Muslims to explore common ground and air grievances. The Foundation received Search for Common Ground’s Award For Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding in 2002 and the 2003 Roger E. Joseph Prize for its “distinctive contribution to humanity.”
Judea Pearl and his wife Ruth Pearl are co-editors of the book “I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies, which provides a panoramic view of how Jews define themselves in the post 9/11 era.
Professors Pearl and Akbar Ahmed (American University), the founders of the Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding, were co-winners in 2006 of the Civic Ventures’ inaugural Purpose Prize, which honors individuals 60 or older who have demonstrated uncommon vision in addressing community and national problems.
Pearl lectures throughout the United States on topics including:
1. I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl
2. Being Western, American and Jewish in the Post 9/11 Era
3. Creating Dialogue between Muslims and Jews
4. The Ideological War on Terror
5. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Case for Co-Existence