CULTURE

Bertrand Russell

BERTRAND RUSSELL: PLAYBOY INTERVIEW (1963)

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 and Yuval Noah Harari

MARK ZUCKERBERG & YUVAL NOAH HARARI IN CONVERSATION [FULL TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

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

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

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.

Root of All Evil? (2006) – Full Transcript

In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as ‘a process of non-thinking called faith’. He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth.

Emilio Lussu: Eroe di un popolo – di Camillo Bellieni

A un mese dalla morte si moltiplicano le iniziative per ricordare la figura di Emilio Lussu. Cogliere l’occasione per presentare un’importante testimonianza: quella di Camillo Bellieni, che di Lussu fu fraterno amico e compagno di lotte. Bellieni, che ha 82 anni è stato l’ideologo del movimento sardista ed ha scritto la storia della Brigata Sassari.

Emilio Lussu: Fu Giacobino con civiltà – di Giorgio Bocca

Il senatore Emilio Lussu è morto ieri a Roma, all’età di 85 anni, nella sua abitazione di piazza Adriana. La salma è stata cremata oggi pomeriggio, alla presenza della moglie Joyce e del figlio Giovanni. Per desiderio dell’estinto, la notizia del decesso è stata resa nota soltanto oggi.