e² design

On 10/23/2012, in Energy & Environment, Sustainable building, by wouter

e² is a critically acclaimed, multipart PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically. The series explores attainable solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges, and its stories are culled from a variety of fields including design, energy, transport, water, food and […]

 

Arithmetic, Population and Energy (Lecture)

On 10/21/2012, in Energy & Environment, Finance & Economics, by wouter

Professor Al Bartlett begins his one-hour talk with the statement, “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” He proceeds to examine oddly reassuring statements from “experts”, the media and political leaders – statements that are dramatically inconsistent with the facts. He discusses the widespread worship of economic […]

 

The fabric of the cosmos

On 10/21/2012, in Cosmology, Physics, Quantum mechanics, by wouter

“The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface […]

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The Elegant universe

On 10/20/2012, in Physics, Quantum mechanics, by wouter

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory is a documentary presented by Brian Greene, which introduces string and superstring theory, and provides a comprehensive though non-technical assessment of the theory and some of its shortcomings. Beginning with a brief consideration of classical physics, which concentrates on the major conflicts in physics, Greene establishes a historical context for string […]

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What the bleep do we know?

On 10/20/2012, in Physics, Quantum mechanics, Spirituality, by wouter

What the Bleep Do We Know!?  is a 2004 film that combines documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that posits a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness. The plot follows the story of a photographer as she encounters emotional and existential obstacles in her life and begins to consider the idea that individual and group consciousness can influence the material world. Her experiences are […]

 

Connections

On 10/11/2012, in Uncategorized, by wouter

Connections is a ten-episode documentary television series created, written and presented by science historian James Burke. The series was produced and directed by Mick Jackson of the BBC Science & Features Department and first aired in 1978 (UK) and 1979 (USA). It took an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention and demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an […]

 

Philosophy in 90 minutes

On 10/07/2012, in Philosophy, by wouter

Philosophy in 90 Minutes by Luke Muehlhauser on March 9, 2011 in Resources   Philosophy lecturer Paul Strathern has written short introductions to famous philosophers, similar to my Painless Introductions series. His books are more chatty and biographical than mine, and also longer. There are also some inaccuracies that seem to have slipped in due to an urge to make the books […]

 

The Spirit Molecule

On 10/06/2012, in Uncategorized, by wouter

THE SPIRIT MOLECULE weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants, including the sacred Amazonian brew, ayahuasca. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT, and ayahuasca, within their […]