Saturday, September 4, 2010

Heads-up for 4 September 2010

Philosopher's Zone
Being a person in West Africa - Ajume Wingo
When the President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda said that Margaret Thatcher was "truly a person," what on earth did he mean? He was invoking a concept central to the philosophy of the Akan people of West Africa. This week, we look at what it means to be a person in a culture where the community matters more than the individual and why the idea has very immediate practical implications.
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TED Talks (video)
The world's oldest living things - Rachel Sussman (2010)
Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.
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