October 2, 2006


I must admit to getting addicted to all the A/V stuff going on out there in the science-y web. Nothing better than kicking back and watching or listening to an interesting lecture on a subject that I'm into.

Some of the ones I've dipped into lately:

  • Via The Daily Transcript, Jonathan Miller's BBC series A Brief History of Disbelief and The Atheist Tapes. The first is a three-parter totally three hours. The second includes 5 of the 6 shows that included interview sessions not used in the main series. The interviewees include Colin McGinn, Steven Weinberg, Denys Turner, Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins.
  • An audio of a talk by Bruce Schneier on privacy and security in the internet age. Basically, he says that we shouldn't have to trade privacy for security, that we should be able to have both. Great stuff. via BoingBoing.
  • Another audio, this time by Bruce Sterling. This is a fantastic talk by Sterling, about being an author in the modern age. How to get compensated for your work these days is a challenge that Sterling takes up with gusto -- and no pat answers either. via BoingBoing
  • Finally, a video of Bruce Sterling on The Spime Meme Map at Ubicomp 2006. via BoingBoing
  • UPDATE: Just this morning I watched a presentation by Al Gore from the Technology Education Design conference in February 2006. Although the presentation was before An Inconvenient Truth came out, he actually follows up on the themes in the film and talks about a bunch of things ordinary people can do to make the climate crisis better. Good stuff. Al's actually quite funny at the beginning. Also, check the drop down on the page and try a couple of the other presentations from the TED conference, including Jimmy Wales, Daniel Dennett, Nicholas Negroponte, Richard Dawkins and others. via Scientific Indian.

As well, Curious Cat has a couple of recent posts pointing to other video lectures here and here.

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