Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 3 July 2011

Science and the Moral Landscape/Jewish Atheism
Mary Hynes talks to Sam Harris on Tapestry about his latest book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. And Dan Falk, author, freelance journalist and documentary-maker, explores the idea of Jewish atheism.
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Philosopher's Zone
The puzzlement of Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great Anglo-Austrian philosopher, who died fifty years ago this year, often looked puzzled. In fact, puzzlement, about the world and about the concepts with which we try to grasp the world, was to a large extent his stock-in-trade. This week, we investigate how useful it can be to share Wittgenstein´s puzzlement when turning our attention to human society and the possibility that there might be a science of human society.
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Myoclonic Jerk
In this episode we look at the dark side of games, how they hook us and the damage they can do, and where they might be taking us. Dan talks to therapist and author Shavaun Scott about her time as an in-game therapist. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani talks about his life in games. Writer/performer Justine Barron explains why games are more appealing than guitar lessons. Online gaming pioneer Richard Garriott (aka Lord British) and Vlad Cole of Blizzard Entertainment both return to defend games. All this and much more!
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Big Ideas
Kevin B. Anderson, Janet Afary on The Seductions of Islamism
Kevin B. Anderson and Janet Afary on their book The Seductions of Islamism: Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution
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Veertien Achttien
Ida B. Wells en een baby in de vlammen
'De grootste schande van de eeuw' noemde Ida B. Wells de rassenrellen in East St. Louis. Ook het Amerikaanse leger was nog lang niet vrij van racisme.
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