Does the Mind have a Future?
Baroness Greenfield discusses how Information Technology is changing the way humans think and feel. Whilst there are clear benefits, she also highlights the less desirable consequences, and suggests how best to minimise these threats. The human brain is exquisitely sensitive to the environment. The brain is personalised even in clones (identical twins), as different experiences drive the unique configuration of different brain connections. These connections are constantly changed and updated by
2.4.1 The theological persepective
If we are thinking about individual perspectives on religion, there are three very common and useful terms we can employ: theism, atheism and agnosticism. In everyday parlance, ‘theism’ denotes a belief in God (or, more broadly, a belief in divine or spiritual realities); ‘atheism’ denotes a conviction that there is no God (or divine or spiritual realities); and ‘agnosticism’ indicates a lack of certainty or knowledge (gnosis) one way or the other. Very broadly spea
3.5 The notion of a final solution
Motivating much of Berlin's essay on the two concepts of liberty is a pair of related beliefs. First he believes that the notion of a so-called ‘final solution’, the belief that ultimately all human differences of goal can be reconciled, has led to terrible consequences, often to atrocities. Secondly, he believes that there is not, in principle, any way of resolving the widely different goals that human beings have. There can, then, be no simple panacea to cure all the problems that
Lecture 5: William Froude - A Sacred Duty to Doubt
David Brown on "William Froude - A Sacred Duty to Doubt". William Froude was born in 1810, and in 1861 published the first theory of ship rolling. This led to studies of powering. Using models he showed that there was no one ideal form and models tested at the corresponding speed could predict accurately the performance of ships; the basis of all later tank testing.
05 - The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere
While the major philosophical projects of the Enlightenment are associated with the names of individual thinkers such as Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire, the cultural transformation in France in the years leading up to the Revolution should also be understood in the context of the public sphere and popular press. Alongside such luminaries as those associated with Diderot's Encyclopédie were a host of lesser pamphleteers and libellists eager for fame and some degree of fortune. If the writin
Church for Sale
This Wide Angle video reports on the sale of The Sacred Heart Church in central Limerick, Ireland which has been holding services for almost 150 years.
The Seven Sacraments - Part #4
Discusses the seven sacraments. Talks about how you receive the seven sacraments, sacred in church and being attentive.
The Tallis Scholars sings Palestrina
The most excellent ensemble The Tallis Scholars, here in a live performance of Nunc Dimittis by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina(1524?-1594).
The Tallis Scholars are a British vocal ensemble normally consisting of two singers per part, with a core group of ten singers.
Formed in 1973 by their director Peter Phillips, they specialise in performing a cappella sacred vocal music written during the Renaissance by composers from all over Europe. They are currently recognised as one
Renaissance Music 1: Characteristics and Palestrina
The texture is mostly polyphonic. There are 2 types-secular and sacred music. In sacred music the music is sung by smalll unaccompagnied choirs. Secular music may be played on small groups of instruments. Composers of this period are discussed. A powerpoint presentation-easy to take notes. (4:39)
Ancient Mysteries - The Puzzling Pyramids of Mexico 1/5
Planned and mapped out according to the stars and built over a series of sacred caves, at its height, Teotihuacán was the seventh largest city of the ancient world. Its power and influence was felt throughout Mexico. This documentary is suitable for high school students.
Living History - A Trip to Ancient Olympia
Winning athletes who competed in the Olympic stadium (including barefooted runners) were crowned with wreaths made from sacred olive trees. Tens of thousands of men, from all parts of Greece, traveled to Olympia to watch or participate. Women were disallowed.
In this video clip, see what is left of the stadium and its surroundings.
German Christmas Traditions
This video highlights some German Christmas traditions. Some of these include having multiple Christmas trees in the home, baking specific kinds of sweets, and using Advent calendars.
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