Monday, January 5, 2009


Keene, Schneider Review 2008 Financial, Economic Turmoil

Stanford University's Zare Says Teachers Need to Inspire

Taylor Says U.S. Response Made Financial Crisis Worse

Altman Says Obama Stimulus Plan Must Reach `Very Far'

O'Driscoll Criticizes U.S. Response to Financial Crisis

Beyond Firefighting: Rethinking Financial Market Regulation

World Energy Outlook

China`s Sex Ratio Imbalance and its Implications for the Domestic and Global Economies

Revisiting Marx: is Marxism still relevant?

The Subprime Crisis - Schiller

Advising America`s Next President: Rethinking Trade Policy

Nature's numbers
Our economy may fall over, but it's not just about the financial meltdown. Nature is seizing up, and it's costing big bucks. Putting a dollar value on nature might help, but how much is a bacterium in a lake really worth?

Science and public policy
Aynsley Kellow argues that the reliance of environmental science on mathematical models and the infusion of values into its conduct have produced a preference for virtual over observational data.

Nigerian writer: Chris Abani

history of Black Liberation Theology

John Harvey, executive director of IBM Australia, looks to the future of computing.

Blessed Days Of Anaesthesia
We are not very good at putting up with pain. Little more than a hundred years ago people had no choice. Legs, breasts and teeth were removed with no relief beyond a stiff drink. But then, as author Stephanie Snow tells Nicky Phillips, scientists groped their way towards effective anaesthetics. But why wasn't the process of discovery more straightforward?

William of Ockham and the black death

Lamarck's Evolution - Two Centuries of Genius and Jealousy
In 2009 we celebrate the birthday of evolution. Before Charles Darwin, Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck created the first theory of evolution in 1809. However, his theory was discredited by most in the scientific community once Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution, 50 years later. Ross Honeywill tells us this fascinating story.

The Ark Goes to Israel - Masada
Herod's lavish palace 450 metres above the Dead Sea was also the site of the Zealots' last stand against the Romans in 73 CE. Masada is on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The Emergence of Science, Part 1, Part 2

In the 6th century AD, a successful and intelligent Roman politician called Boethius found himself unjustly accused of treason. Trapped in his prison cell, awaiting a brutal execution, he found solace in philosophical ideas - about the true nature of reality, about injustice and evil and the meaning of living a moral life. His thoughts did not save him from death, but his ideas lived on because he wrote them into a book. He called it The Consolation of Philosophy.

The Consolation of Philosophy was read widely and a sense of consolation is woven into many philosophical ideas, but what for Boethius were the consolations of philosophy, what are they more generally and should philosophy lead us to consolation or lead us from it?

The numbers behind the news with presenter Tim Harford. This week: the accuracy of professional forecasts, the
Lake Wobegon effect and what is an average wage?
Forecasting the future

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