The Demon-Haunted World & Carl Sagan

August 11, 2017 / 0 comments

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

“The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange notes on global business opportunities, or powder conditions on the local ski slopes, while cradling champagne and canapes. This January, the ultra-rich and the sparkling wine returned, but by all reports the mood was…

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Jordan Peterson: FIghting Postmodernism

June 19, 2017 / 0 comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPojltjv4M0 “Jordan B Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. This is a public speech from 2017. Full video quoted under fair use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30U1A… You can support Dr. Peterson at his Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jordanbpeterson This channel aims at extracting central points of presentations into…

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Why The Free Content Era Has To End – Tim Wu & The Attention Merchants

June 5, 2017 / 0 comments

“Author Tim Wu on how the early Utopian potential of the internet gave way to naked capitalism Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University, best known for coining the term net neutrality, and for tracing the history of modern communications in his last book, The Master Switch. In his new book, The Attention…

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Nablus Soap Factory

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

This film shows the process of traditional soap production in the old soap factory in central Nablus. The film was produced in May 2014 by Eirik Moe, Stavanger, Norway. post@mokleiv.no

Nashtifan Windmills

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning. LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/nashtifan-iran-windmills/

ARTHUR C. CLARKE DESCRIBING THE 21ST CENTURY

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Clarke was a great ambassador for science and technolgy in popular culture. He’s like your favourite uncle who can discuss groundbreaking ideas in a way that you’d imagine you’d talk to someone over a cup of tea. I’m sure he had a far more in depth grasp of many technolgies than he presented in many…

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3D WALKTHROUGH OF ANCIENT ROME

February 29, 2016 / 0 comments

It’s impossible for anyone to see what Ancient Rome looked like in all of its splendor, since we’ve failed to invent a time machine. But the above video, which shows a 3-D rendering of Rome in 320 AD, is about as close as we can get. The video was created by Rome Reborn, an academic…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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SMARTPHONE’S AS EXTENSIONS OF OURSELVES

February 21, 2016 / 0 comments

Apple’s recent refusal to abide by a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone has brought to the public’s attention an argument over cybersecurity and encryption that has been raging throughout the tech world for years. On the surface, that argument has a particular and recognizable ethical character. But further down, it is…

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