PARROTS, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING

February 11, 2016 / 0 comments

Douglas Adams was the best-selling British author and satirist who created The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this talk at UCSB recorded shortly before his death, Adams shares hilarious accounts of some of the apparently absurd lifestyles of the world’s creatures, and gleans from them extraordinary perceptions about the future of humanity. Series: Voices…

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DAYS OF DESTRUCTION, DAYS OF REVOLT

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

  The 14th Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Non-violence with Chris Hedges. Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the…

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PLAIN OLD UNTRENDY TROUBLES AND EMOTIONS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

David Foster Wallace, who died last week, was the most brilliant American writer of his generation. In a speech, published here for the first time, he reflects on the difficulties of daily life and ‘making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head’ There are these two young fish…

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ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT ARCHITECTS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

In a movie Dezeen filmed at his Golden Lion-winning installation in collaboration with Justin McGuirk and Urban-Think Tank at the Venice Architecture Biennale, architectural photographer Iwan Baan talks about how residents have built their own homes between the columns and floor plates of the unfinished Torre David skyscraper in Caracas. for more information, follow link:…

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ALL WATCHED OVER MY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis.[1] In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.”[2] The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name…

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THE WORLD TODAY

February 2, 2016 / 0 comments

A weekly review of world politics by one of the world’s sharpest and most outspoken political analysts. Tariq Ali is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as a filmmaker. On today’s program: the Propaganda Wars. The Western, and particularly the US press has become a pillar of government policy. Ali…

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CHOMSKY & KRAUSS: AN ORIGINS PROJECT DIALOGUE

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

oin intellectual giant Noam Chomsky and noted physicist and public intellectual Lawrence Krauss for an intimate evening of conversation at the Origins Project Dialogue. Science, Mind, and Politics is a candid and unscripted conversation on contemporary issues on the nature of humanity, the power of science and the mind, and global social justice.  

EATING CHICKEN IS MORALLY WORSE THAN KILLING CECIL THE LION

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

f the outcry over the killing of Cecil the lion tells us anything, it’s that people are capable of genuine moral outrage at the needless killing of animals. And good for them. Animals are conscious beings capable of feeling pleasure and pain, and we have an obligation to make their lives as good as possible….

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THIS IS NOW

January 31, 2016 / 0 comments

Architecture never stops changing. Our built environment must constantly adapt to address evolving social, economic, and technological contexts, and, as a result, architects are at the forefront of design innovation. Thus, in order to celebrate contemporary buildings and their creators to the maximum extent each year, Architizer’s A+Awards must evolve, too. The world’s largest awards…

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CITIES OF TOMORROW: REFUGEE CAMPS REQUIRE LONG TERM THINKING

January 31, 2016 / 0 comments

Humanitarian Kilian Kleinschmidt notes “the average stay today in a camp is 17 years. That’s a generation.” These places need to be recognized as what they are: “cities of tomorrow,” not the temporary spaces we like to imagine. “In the Middle East, we were building camps: storage facilities for people. But the refugees were building a city,” Kleinschmidt said in…

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