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Ideas - Biology As Ideology - Part 1Oct 3, 1990 | 41:41Ideas Biology As Ideology - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Biology As Ideology - Part 1 Oct 3, 1990 | 41:41Richard Lewontin is a prominent scientist, a geneticist who teaches at Harvard, yet he believes that we have placed science on a pedestal, treating it as an objective body of knowledge that transcends all other ways of knowing and all other endeavours. In Biology as Ideology Lewontin examines the false paths down which modern scientific ideology has led us. By admitting science's limitations, he helps us rediscover the richness of nature - and appreciate the real value of science.
Ideas - The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1Oct 6, 1995 | 56:54Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1 Oct 6, 1995 | 56:54Knowledge, the Enlightenment believed, could protect us from the follies of ideology. But John Ralston Saul maintains that "knowing" has not made us "conscious." Instead we have become increasingly passive, our society increasingly conformist. There are no easy solutions to this problem, Saul says, but change is still possible.
Ideas - Beyond Fate - Part 1Oct 11, 2002 | 54:23Ideas Beyond Fate - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Beyond Fate - Part 1 Oct 11, 2002 | 54:23People today are often afflicted with a sense that they cannot change things for the better. They feel helpless, constrained, caught - in a word, fatalistic. Beyond Fate, Margaret Visser's 2002 CBC Massey Lectures, examines why. In her characteristic lively and highly engaging prose, Visser investigates what fate means to us, and where the propensity to believe in it and accept it comes from.
Ideas - The Educated Imagination - Part 1Jan 6, 1962 | 29:41Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 1 Jan 6, 1962 | 29:41In the 1962 Massey Lectures, Northrop Frye writes: "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly or feel more sensitively or live a better life than we would without it? What is the function of the teacher and scholar or the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? What difference does the study of literature make in our social or political or religious attitude? In my early days, I thought very little about such questions, not because I had any of the answers but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive. I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer but the most important to ask..."
Ideas - The Educated Imagination - Part 2Jan 5, 1962 | 29:40Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 2 Jan 5, 1962 | 29:40In the 1962 Massey Lectures, Northrop Frye writes: "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly or feel more sensitively or live a better life than we would without it? What is the function of the teacher and scholar or the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? What difference does the study of literature make in our social or political or religious attitude? In my early days, I thought very little about such questions, not because I had any of the answers but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive. I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer but the most important to ask..."
Ideas - Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2Nov 10, 1985 | 26:35Ideas Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2 Audio
Ideas Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2 Nov 10, 1985 | 26:35Doris Lessing, one of the century's greatest writers, addresses the question of personal freedom and individual responsibility in a world increasingly prone to political rhetoric, mass emotions and inherited structures of unquestionable belief.
Ideas - Nostalgia For The Absolute - Part 1Jul 14, 1974 | 30:34Ideas Nostalgia For The Absolute - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Nostalgia For The Absolute - Part 1 Jul 14, 1974 | 30:34The decline of formal religious systems has left a moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture. George Steiner, internationally renowned thinker and scholar, examines the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Lévi-Straussian anthropology, and fads of irrationality.
Ideas - The Educated Imagination - Part 5Jan 2, 1962 | 29:18Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 5 Jan 2, 1962 | 29:18In the 1962 Massey Lectures, Northrop Frye writes: "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly or feel more sensitively or live a better life than we would without it? What is the function of the teacher and scholar or the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? What difference does the study of literature make in our social or political or religious attitude? In my early days, I thought very little about such questions, not because I had any of the answers but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive. I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer but the most important to ask..."
Ideas - Becoming Human - Part 1Nov 13, 1998 | 54:41Ideas Becoming Human - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Becoming Human - Part 1 Nov 13, 1998 | 54:41Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, the international organization famed for its innovative methods of working with handicapped people. In this year's Massey Lectures, he discusses the necessity of conceiving a new vision of humankind: a society in which the gifts of all, particularly those of the weak and the powerless, are an equal, common heritage.
Ideas - The Real World of Technology - Part 1Sep 29, 1989 | 55:46Ideas The Real World of Technology - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Real World of Technology - Part 1 Sep 29, 1989 | 55:46Technology has always been a part of human existence. Today though, says the experimental physicist, Ursula M. Franklin, technology has large-scale effects on culture itself.
Ideas - Myth and Meaning - Part 1Jul 14, 1977 | 23:54Ideas Myth and Meaning - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Myth and Meaning - Part 1 Jul 14, 1977 | 23:54Ever since the rise of science and the science and the scientific method in the 17th century, we have rejected mythology as the product of superstitious and primitive minds. Only now are we coming to a fuller appreciation of the nature and role of myth in human history. In these five lectures Claude Lévi Strauss, one of the world's greatest living thinkers, offers the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.
Ideas - The Ethical Imagination - Part 1Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 1 Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23In the 2006 Massey Lectures, The Ethical Imagination, Margaret Somerville discusses how we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world.
Ideas - The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5Nov 16, 2012 | 53:59Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5 Nov 16, 2012 | 53:59All the technologies we use and depend on are the products of the amazing human mind. Our curiosity drives us to seek out the underlying laws of the universe, and the more we learn the better our lives become. But we're arriving at an impasse, says physicist Neil Turok: the more we learn, the more contradictory the laws seem to be. We need new ideas and new ways of thinking to go beyond the horizon.
Ideas - Globalism and the Nation State - Part 1Sep 28, 1983 | 38:20Ideas Globalism and the Nation State - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Globalism and the Nation State - Part 1 Sep 28, 1983 | 38:20Canadian economist and former Liberal cabinet minister Eric Kierans examines the uncertain future facing constitutionally governed nation states whose sovereignty and independence is being threatened by new global military security measures and the ever increasing drive towards global economic integration and interdependence.
Ideas - Latin America: At War With the Past - Part 1Sep 29, 1984 | 29:20Ideas Latin America: At War With the Past - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Latin America: At War With the Past - Part 1 Sep 29, 1984 | 29:20A passionate argument for the geopolitical autonomy of Latin America, Carlos Fuentes' lectures trace the region's unique historical and cultural tensions and call upon foreign powers to cease interference in a "sphere of influence" they rarely fully understand.

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