"Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows." How to Think About Science
is a 24-part series from CBC Radio's Ideas
, featuring interviews with Steven Shapin
, Ian Hacking
, Bruno Latour
, and others. The streaming audio links on the show's website seem to be out of commission, but direct links to all of the episodes can be found here
The Signtific Lab
invites people to develop cutting-edge ideas through experiments of imagination and discussion. Experiment One:
what would happen if outer space becomes as accessible as the Web today?
64-year-old Frank Pringle has figured out a way to extract oil and natural gas out of nearly anything.
A talk given by Matt Webb on fictional futures
, and a whole lot besides. Just some text and some pictures, but he takes you on a most excellent brain adventure, from Italo Calvino
to a map of all the biochemical reactions on Earth
to Vannevar Bush’s machine, the Memex
with dozens of stops in between. One of my favorite parts -- and the coolest use of RSS I've ever seen -- is a tool to subscribe to your personal lightcone
2005 - The Year in Ideas.
From Accredited Bliss
to Zombie Dogs
, the NY Times runs through the year's scientific, cultural, and academic developments.