2 Radiation from the galaxies
‘This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.’ (T.S. Eliot) But how about the way the world begins? Was this the biggest bang of all? This unit will introduce you to the theory of the Big Bang and will present the three main lines of experimental evidence that support this theory.
6.4 Making Sense of Perception
Part 6.4. A brief overview of contemporary accounts of perception; including phenomenalism (that objects are logical constructions from sense data) and direct realism (that we perceive objects and the external world directly).
Study shows social support most effective when provided "invisibly"
New research by University of Minnesota psychologists shows how social support benefits are maximized when provided "invisibly" -- that is without the support recipient being aware that they are receiving it. The study, "Getting in Under the Radar: A Dyadic View of Invisible Support," is published in the December 2010 issue of the journal Psychological Science. Researchers Maryhope Howland and Jeffry Simpson discuss the research in this interview.
Camille Paglia on religion
Describing herself as an atheist who defends religion, academic and author, Camille Paglia, argues that an understanding of world religions and their symbols is essential to fully understanding human civilization and our place in the universe.
David Gray on Open Economy Macroeconomics
David Gray from the Economics Department at the University of Ottawa presents his competition lecture entitled Open Economy Macroeconomics
Rupinder Brar on Exoplanets: The Search for Other Earths
Rupinder Brar from the Science and Physics Department at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology presents his competition winning lecture entitled Exoplanets: The Search for Other Earths.
Nick Mount on T.S. Eliot
English professor Nick Mount analyzes T.S. Eliot's modernist masterpiece, The Waste Land.
Cory Doctorow, on Copyright vs. Universal Access
Author, activist, journalist and blogger, Cory Doctorow, delivers a lecture on Copyright vs. Universal Access. Subtitled, The State of Play in the Global Copyfight, this lecture was part of the Q2C Festival at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo.
P. Sainath on India in the Age of Inequality
Award-winning journalist Palagummi Sainath delivers a lecture at York University entitled Slumdogs versus Millionaires: India in the Age of Inequality.
Jordan Peterson on Reality and the Sacred
In his lecture entitled Reality and the Sacred, psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, explores the human search for meaning in a chaotic world and how our perceptions and beliefs shape our sense of reality.
Robert Adams on Booker Prize winning novel The White Tiger
Teacher, writer and critic, Robert Adams, reviews Aravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning novel, The White Tiger. Corruption, murder, and a series of letters composed by a former chauffeur allow the novel to explore India's caste system and how it's been affected by the country's economic miracle.
Edward Shorter on the history of sex - 2005
Edward Shorter delivers a lecture discussing the history of sex and his book Written in the Flesh at Hart House at the University of Toronto - September, 2005.
Brian Schmidt on The Universe from Beginning to End
Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University delivers his lecture entitled The Universe from Beginning to End. The lecture explores the geometry and age of the universe to give us a picture of the effects of Dark Energy.
Mel Hurtig on The Truth about Canada
Mel Hurtig delivers a lecture based on the findings in his book, The Truth about Canada, which illuminates some of the truths and myths about Canada.
Nick Mount on Eden Robinson's novel Monkey Beach
Nick Mount discusses Eden Robinson's debut novel Monkey Beach which was nominated for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.
George Steiner on the history of Literacy - 2002
Author George Steiner, speaking at the Living Literacies Conference (November 2002) at York University in Toronto, delivers a lecture on the history of literacy.
Kay Redfield Jamison on her book Exuberance - 2004
Kay Redfield Jamison discusses her book Exuberance: The Passion for Life - 2004