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February 14 2014


PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts

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February 13 2014


A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya | BODHI MONASTERY

This series of lectures explores the direct teachings of the Buddha himself as preserved in some of the oldest records of his discourses. Including: Life of the Buddha, Fundamental Ethics, Meditation and Mind-training, Nature of True Wisdom http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic-study-of-the-majjhima-nikaya.html

January 19 2014


Harry Smith lecture, Indian cosmographies, July, 1990

A Harry Smith lecture on Native American world views. Smith discusses similarities with cultures in other parts of the world. He reviews a written handout and... https://archive.org/details/Harry_Smith_lecture_Indian_cosmographies_July_1990_90P098

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Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism - YouTube

The final part of the interfaith series held by the Guardian in conjunction with St Paul's Cathedral, exploring Buddhism in its various manifestations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYBtT4uN30&feature=youtu.be

January 07 2014


India's Surveillance State

India is currently implementing some of the scariest surveillance schemes in the world. This lecture will shed light on India's surveillance industry, its UID scheme which aims at the collection of all biometric data and on various controversial surveillance schemes, such as the Central Monitoring System (CMS). When it comes to surveillance, the most mainstream argument is that the majority of India's population lives below the poverty line and that surveillance is an elitist issue - and not a "real" issue which affects the masses. Given that the majority of India's population has mobile phones and that the Indian government is currently implementing the Central Monitoring System (CMS) which aims at intercepting all telecommunications (and Internet communications), surveillance does not appear to be an elitist issue. Given that the UID scheme aims at collecting the biometric data of all citizens residing in India and that most BPL cash programmes require UID registration, surveillance appears to be an issue which (unfortunately) affects the 1.2 billion people currently living in India. And this is to say the least. As part of the Privacy Project, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore, India, is investigating surveillance within the country. The project is funded by Privacy International and aims to map out various forms of surveillance in India, ranging from drones, CCTV cameras and GPS tracking equipment to phone and Internet monitoring gear. This lecture aims to present the research that Maria Xynou has undertaken at the CIS so far, which includes data on the various surveillance technology companies operating in India and the type of spy gear they sell to Indian law enforcement agencies. This research also includes the presentation of India's various controversial surveillance schemes, with an emphasis on the Central Monitoring System (CMS) which unlawfully enables the interception of all telecommunications and Internet communications. India is currently implementing the world's largest biometric data collection and interception of communications schemes. The aim of this lecture is to present India's scary mass surveillance and to discuss its implications on the right to privacy and other human rights. http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5552.html Day: 2013-12-29 Start time: 11:30 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal G Track: Ethics, Society & Politics Language: en

November 26 2013


2011 Lecture 3: The Stoic Way of Life | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures

Third lecture in the 2011 John Locke Lecture Series http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/2011-lecture-3-stoic-way-life-audio

November 09 2013


BBC - Reith Lectures Grayson Perry: I Found Myself In The Art World 5 Nov 2013

4/4. Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world and assesses the role of the artist in society.

November 03 2013


Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

What is time? Is our perception of time passing an illusion which hides a deeper, timeless reality? Or is it real, indeed, the most real aspect of our experience of the world? Einstein said that "the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion," and many contemporary theorists agree that time emerges from a more fundamental timeless quantum universe. But, in recent cosmological speculation, this timeless picture of nature seems to have reached a dead end, populated by infinite numbers of imagined unobservable universes. In his talk, Lee Smolin explains why he changed his mind about the nature of time. Like many fellow theorists, he used to believe time is an illusion, but he now embraces the view that time is real and everything else, including the laws of nature, evolves. Drawing from his new book, Time Reborn, Smolin explains how the great unsolved problems in physics and cosmology may be solved by adopting the view of a real time. then he will go beyond physics to explain how our view of time affects how we think of everything from our personal and family lives to how we face major problems such as climate change and economic crisis. In a world in which time is real, the future is open and there is an essential role for human agency and imagination in envisioning and shaping a good future. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/videos/time-reborn

August 06 2013


God, Science & the 'New Atheism'

It's a bit off our usual posting, but this is a very interesting and thought-provoking lecture given in Cambridge last month. In the last few years, the works of the 'New Atheists' such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have gained wide media and popular attention. In this lecture, Prof. Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and author among many other things of Why There Almost Certainly Is A God, deconstructs the reasoning behind this trend and analyses the limits of scientific knowledge, presenting the philosophical case for the rational belief in a power beyond time and space. Great stuff for dealing with any tedious religion-bashers among your friends, colleagues or acquaintances. The Faraday Institute has lots of other good resources on related topics. At one point, Prof. Ward refers to Bernard d'Espagnat's highly suggestive phrase 'veiled reality', to describe the point beyond which reality is not scientifically knowable. May God make us grateful for the profound gift of revelation that has given us another path to understand Him who is truly Real. http://cambridgekhutbasetc.blogspot.com/2009/02/god-science-new-atheism.html
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July 28 2013


Balloon Infrastructures - James Bridle lecture @ Fabrica

UK based artist James Bridle introduces a three day worksop at Fabrica entitled "Balloon Infrastructures". The history of balloon flight goes back almost 2000 years, manned flight over 200 - and as a weapon, to 1849: from Treviso. James Bridle explains the principles of grassroots mapping and balloon photography, and explores the possibilities of balloons as playful and political platforms for cartography, aerial photography, surveillance and infrastructure; their relationship to drones and satellites; and their potential as architecture. Audio rip, original here: http://vimeo.com/70481902

July 18 2013


London Critical Theory Summer School 2013 – Friday Debate II

An invitation to come along and listen to a discussion and debate with academics teaching on the second week of the London Critical Theory Summer School 2013. Speakers: Stephen Frosh, Esther Leslie, Laura Mulvey & Slavoj Zizek Chair: Costas Douzinas

July 15 2013


Elizabeth Anderson at IPPR: A history of egalitarianism

IPPR welcomed Professor Elizabeth Anderson, from the University of Michigan, to its offices on 13th June 2013 to give a history of egalitarianism. Responding to her was Professor Ben Jackson, Leslie Mitchell Fellow and Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford, and Professor Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and Gender Theory at LSE and Director of the Gender Institute.

Elizabeth Anderson, "Tom Paine and the Ironies of Social Democracy" | University of Chicago Law School

April 03 2013


Environmental Governance and Resilience: Enframing and poiesis in environmental management | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures

Professor Andy Pickering, University of Exeter, gives a talk for the Environmental Governance and Resilience series http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/environmental-governance-and-resilience-enframing-and-poiesis-environmental-management-audio

January 13 2012


The Global Financial Crisis Revisited - Video and audio - News and media - Home

LSE public lecture audio podcast and video media player page Recorded on 11 May 2009 in Old Theatre, Old Building. Journalists Will Hutton and Martin Wolf discuss the global financial crisis. What are its dimensions? Have governments done enough to avoid the worst economic outcomes? And is the global economy teetering on the edge of depression? http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=2

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First of the Leverhulme Lectures held in the Law Faculty of St Cross College November 2010 http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/leverhulme-lecture-2010-global-financial-crisis-and-systematic-risk-audio 20 Dec 2010 Get Audio File First of the Leverhulme Lectures held in the Law Faculty of St Cross College November 2010 Series: Law Faculty Podcasts People: Steven Schwarcz Oxford Unit: Law Faculty Keywords: law leverhulme leverhulme lecture series st cross

December 29 2011


LSE Public Lecture - Christ to Coke? How image becomes icon.

Speaker(s): Professor Martin Kemp Chair: Nick Byrne Recorded on 3 November 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Informative, funny, sad, and surprising by turns, this is the first book to look at all the main types of visual icon, taking eleven mega-famous examples, from Christ to the Coke bottle, to see how they arose and how they continue to function. Image, branding, and logos are obsessions of our age. Iconic images dominate the media. This event marks the publication of Kemp's new book Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon. Martin Kemp FBA is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, Oxford University. He has written, broadcast and curated exhibitions on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day. Nick Byrne is Director of the LSE Language Centre and a member of the LSE's Arts Advisory Group. http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1231

December 21 2011


The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality

'Victorian' came in the twentieth century to stand for sexual repression and social convention. Personal life was governed by complex and rigid rules of behaviour. Like other aspects of Victorian culture this began to break down in the fin-de-siécle. Yet recent research, discussed in this lecture, has undermined this rather simplistic picture and begun to explore some of the contradictions and complexities of Victorian attitudes to marriage and sexuality. The place of women in Victorian culture was by no means as passive or subordinate as conventional images of the era suggest. This lecture by Professor Richard J Evans, FBA is part of the series The Victorians: Culture and Experience in Britain, Europe and the World 1815-1914 More info: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-victorians-gender-and-sexuality

August 26 2011


A Tale of Two Teams: A CEO’s Path to Agile

Is it easier to transform an existing culture to agile or build one from scratch? Menlo Innovations’ CEO Richard Sheridan will share two tales of Agile transformation. The first occurred when Sheridan was a VP of a 30-year old technology company and he transformed his existing team by adopting Extreme Programming. The second occurred two years later, when he chose entrepreneurship and started a new company using these same practices. True Agile adoption is hard. This talk will explore three barriers to Agile transformation: the executive team, the tech team, and Sheridan himself.
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