BERTRAND RUSSELL: PLAYBOY INTERVIEW (1963)

2020-05-27T09:48:38+01:00April 26th, 2020|CULTURE|

If the long and stormy life of Bertrand Arthur Russell can be said to possess any unifying thread, it is an enduring attitude of passionate skepticism, a lifelong refusal to accept any truth as immutable, any law as infallible or any faith as sacred.

Mark Zuckerberg & Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation – Full Transcript

2020-05-26T00:39:05+01:00March 15th, 2020|CULTURE|

Mark Zuckerberg hosts Yuval Noah Harari for a conversation about some big challenges as part of the Facebook CEO's 2019 series of public discussions about the future of technology in society. The overarching question they debate is: what are we going to do about the systemic problems of the current technological revolution?

Hannah Arendt: Society and Culture

2019-10-24T22:09:12+01:00October 24th, 2019|CULTURE, SOCIETY|

Hannah Arendt warns that mass culture increasingly utilizes the classics and other genuine works of art, transformed and made digestible, for entertainment. Since the appetites of the entertainment industries are insatiable, they will in time consume the classics, and thereby destroy culture.

The Burden of Skepticism – by Carl Sagan

2019-07-10T06:45:41+01:00July 10th, 2019|CULTURE|

Skepticism is dangerous. That's exactly its function, in my view. It is the business of skepticism to be dangerous. And that's why there is a great reluctance to teach it in the schools. That's why you don't find a general fluency in skepticism in the media.

Croesus and Cassandra – by Carl Sagan

2019-07-06T11:56:14+01:00July 6th, 2019|CULTURE, POLITICS|

A vital aspect of global warming is the interface between the predictions and the policy responses. We humans have a rich tradition on the confrontation of prophecy and politics. and some of the most instructive lessons trace back to classical Greece

Richard Dawkins: The Enemies Of Reason (2007) – Full Transcript

2018-12-21T08:42:41+00:00December 16th, 2018|CULTURE, SOCIETY|

The Enemies of Reason is a two-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, in which he seeks to expose "those areas of belief that exist without scientific proof, yet manage to hold the nation under their spell", including mediumship, acupuncture and psychokinesis.