Why Don’t We Have a Mars Colony Yet? Blame Nixon.

Why Don’t We Have a Mars Colony Yet? Blame Nixon.

When the Apollo program was coming to an end von Braun was running through the halls of Congress trying to convince congressmen that the next project after the Apollo program should be sending humans to Mars. Unlike many other proposals he had made in the past that proposal actually ended up on the desk of […]

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Slavoj Žižek on Refugees, Conservatism, and Cultural Incompatibility

Slavoj Žižek on Refugees, Conservatism, and Cultural Incompatibility

We who try to be decent people are bombarded by some kind of moral political pressure from two sides: First there is the worst one, of course, this anti-immigrant populous side like why should we even allow refugees in; it’s their fault; third world travel and so on, there are enough poor people here; they […]

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How the Moon’s ice craters will power a human colony | Michelle Thaller

How the Moon’s ice craters will power a human colony | Michelle Thaller

Ferran, your question is when we have a permanent base on the moon where will the astronauts get air to breathe? I’m sure it makes sense to you that air is something that we consume and it would be a lot of effort to actually bring air tanks from earth and actually launch them up […]

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Can Universal Basic Income End Our Cultural Obsession With Work? | Philosopher Andrew Taggart

Can Universal Basic Income End Our Cultural Obsession With Work? | Philosopher Andrew Taggart

‘Total work’ was a term coined by Josef Pieper, a lesser known German philosopher from the 20th century, and he was concerned that after World War II there would be a time of total work. By that I take him to mean that work comes to be the center around which the world turns. Human […]

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How Pakistan’s Violence Against Women Center is fighting a deadly cultural norm | Hafsa Lak

How Pakistan’s Violence Against Women Center is fighting a deadly cultural norm | Hafsa Lak

I am Hafsah Lak and for the past three years I’ve been working with the Strategic Reforms Unit at the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office in Pakistan on violence against women and women involvement reforms. The existing case file process to give justice to these victims is so fragmented and disconnected. The victim first has to […]

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Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

Hi, I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History, and now that we have a Constitution, it’s actually United States history. Today we’re going to look at the birth of America’s pastime. No, Stan, not baseball. Not football. Not eating. I mean politics, which in America has been adversarial since its very beginnings, […]

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Junot Diaz: Literature is The Closest Thing To Telepathy

Junot Diaz:  Literature is The Closest Thing To Telepathy

One of the functions that art has is not only is art didactic. Art can be in many ways persuasive or seductive. But art is also transgressive and the transgressive function of art is fundamental in a society that often shies away from the difficult topics, the difficult subjects and the difficult conversations it needs […]

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Why the Internet Is the Greatest Achievement of Any Civilization, Ever | Virginia Heffernan

Why the Internet Is the Greatest Achievement of Any Civilization, Ever | Virginia Heffernan

I see the Internet as the great masterpiece of human civilization, to which we’re all contributing all the time the nearly four billion of us with wireless access across the globe. And the reason I call it art is that the building blocks of this enterprise, the Internet, seem obscure, it seems like this must […]

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How Human Consciousness Evolved | Daniel Dennett

How Human Consciousness Evolved | Daniel Dennett

In an entirely natural world without any supernatural mysteries you can explain the mind, the human mind, consciousness. It’s been my project for 50 years and what I’ve come to realize is that the only way to do it right is you have to take evolution a lot more seriously and really look hard at […]

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Is war with China inevitable? | David Kang

Is war with China inevitable? | David Kang

One of the most interesting patterns in East Asian history—which is quite different from the European pattern—is that when China is strong and big there’s a lot less fighting. And when China falls apart then there’s some vicious fighting as everybody jockeys for position. So whether we go back to the transition of the Ming […]

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