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- Jeremy Rifkin, in his book, The Empathic Civilisation, investigated the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
- Moving from ancient time until now and covering art, science, philosophy and the human spirit, The Western Tradition is a free series of videos that traces the arc of western civilisation.
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The 2010 Ten-Year Forecast Map of the Decade benchmarked the big forces that will shape the decade: The Carbon Economy; The Water Ecology; Adaptive Power; Cities in Transition and Molecular Identity.
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The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
While the saying “we are stardust” seems poetic but vague, it is literally true. The atoms of our bodies were created in the cores of stars billions of years ago.
Imagine our universe as only one of an infinite number of possible universes - be they "Quilted", "Brane" or, most strangely of all, "Ultimate". Brian Green tackled this almost mystical idea head-on in The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos. Greene discussed his ideas further during a March 2011 edition of Start the Week.
Imagine too flying through the universe. This animated flight through the universe shows close to 400,000 galaxies, and was derived at John Hopkins University from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Another video meanwhile takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang.
Inspired by the interplay between therapy, poetry, neuroscience and novels in Start the Week.
Forensic psychotherapist Dr Gwen Adshead talked about the lost natures of her Broadmoor patients, in whom she can still sometimes recognise the little boys they once were.
William Boyd explored how early talent can flourish suddenly and then fade slowly.
Craig Raine compared the "language on point" composition of a poem to the art of dress-making.
During December 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:
The always interesting Maria Popova notes that, while the friction between science and religion has always been addressed by some of humanity’s greatest minds, MinutePhysics (who have previously explored, inter alia, whether the universe has a purpose, why the past is different from the and the true science of parallel universes) has now