In this sprightly talk (transcript and video)
Daniel Lieberman describes why our bodies are so good at running long distances, how our social intelligence developed and how modernity and capitalism require us to learn (or relearn) how to use our bodies. (May inspire tolerance for people who wear five-fingered shoes.) Prof. Lieberman studies human evolution at Harvard where he focuses on heads and feet
. (via Tyler Cowen
posted by noway
on Oct 20, 2012 -
You know about TED
, but do you know about the WGBH Forum Network
? A project of the venerable Boston public TV station
, the Forum is a web platform which aggregates lectures from cultural institutions, museums, libraries, bookstores, and colleges across the US - everything from current research in social science and hard science to author and poet talks. Presentations vary in topic, length, format, and level of eggheadiness, but if you love ideas, you'll find some good stuff here. Streams on demand, downloads often available if you register.
posted by Miko
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Live From Davos:
Frank talk and subtle spin as heads of state take Q&A from corporate honchos, in a session heavy on talk of terror: John Ashcroft
shares the stage with Prince Turki al Faisal al Saud, Pervez Musharraf
touts his vision of "enlightened moderation," the handsome young King of Jordan
keeps his finger on the roadmap, and embattled Ecuadoran president Lucio Gutierrez
takes a break from the tear gas to reassure skeptical capital markets. CSPAN for foreign filmgoers. (RealPlayer and Windows Media)
posted by hairyeyeball
on Jan 26, 2004 -
Is peace now possible in Israel?
In the wake of this terrible tragedy, perhaps one good thing may come of it: solid talks between Israel and the Palestinians. After Arafat announced a unilateral cease fire, the Israeli military disbanded all forces from Palestinian zones. If something comes of this, it could set a majestic example for the rest of the world. Is it wishful thinking to believe that peace can, at long last, happen somewhere on this wartorn planet?
posted by ed
on Sep 18, 2001 -