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  • Searle, John (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-09-11)
    The distinctive features of human civilization, as opposed to animal societies, are such things as money, property, marriage, government, etc. These are created and partly constituted by linguistic representations. For ...
  • Schelling, Thomas (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2008-09-23)
    For more than sixty years, since Nagasaki in 1945, no nuclear weapons have been exploded in anger, despite several wars in which one side possessed nuclear weapons. The taboo is an asset to be preserved. New nuclear weapon ...
  • Schelling, Thomas (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2008-09-25)
    The uncertainties are great but so are the certainties. Venus and Mars show what too much, or too little, greenhouse gas can do to the possibility of life. Carbon dioxides ability to absorb infra-red radiation can be ...
  • Fraser, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-01-27)
    In this lecture, Fraser will examine Polanyi's conception of the double movement. Seeking to expand his idea of a two-sided conflict between partisans of deregulated markets and proponents of social protection, she will ...
  • Oreskes, Naomi (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-03-11)
    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. In particular, American scientists, dating back to Roger Revelle ...
  • Knoll, Andrew H. (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-02-11)
    Is there, or was there once, life on Mars? Debate about martian life remains unresolved, but over the past decade, unprecedented observations have enabled us to address key astrobiological questions in new ways. This lecture ...
  • Folbre, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-11-10)
    In “Monsters of the Economic: Inequality, Fear, and Loathing in America”, Folbre examines the trend toward extreme income inequality within the U.S. and the global economy as a whole is clear. But the numbers don’t reveal ...
  • Slovic, Paul (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2016-10-27)
    In many human and environmental crises, individuals and their governments exhibit a morally troubling response to the risk of mass casualties that can be described by the phrase “the more who die, the less we care,” ...
  • Fraser, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-01-25)
    The thought of Karl Polanyi can shed some much-needed critical light on the present crisis of neoliberalism. His 1944 book, The Great Transformation, traced a previous crisis of capitalism to efforts to commodify land, ...
  • Hrdy, Sarah (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-04-02)
    Humans are remarkably similar to other apes. Like us, chimpanzees and orangutans are extremely clever, use tools and exhibit rudimentary understanding of causality and what others intend. However, other apes are not nearly ...
  • Moretti, Franco (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2017-01-24)
    Digitization has completely changed the literary archive. Historians of the novel used to work on a few hundred nineteenth-century novels; today, we work on thousands of them; tomorrow, hundreds of thousands. This new size ...
  • Folbre, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-11-12)
    In “The Political Economy of Patriarchal Systems”, Folbre examines feminist efforts to theorize the emergence and evolution of gender inequality no longer invoke some abstract, a-historical “patriarchy.” Rather, they explore ...
  • Slovic, Paul (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2016-10-25)
    Studies of risk perception examine the judgments people make when they are asked to characterize and evaluate hazardous activities and technologies. This research aims to aid risk analysis and policymaking by (i) providing ...
  • Palutikof, Jean (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-10-11)
    However much we play with the idea of geo-engineering solutions, there are really only two weapons available to deal with the threat of climate change: mitigation (reducing emissions of greenhouse gases) and adaptation ...
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-03-27)
    Whom to marry? How to invest? Whom to trust? Complex problems require complex solutions – so we might think. And if the solution doesn’t work, we make it more complex. That recipe is perfect for a world of known risks, but ...
  • Watts, Michael (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2017-02-28)
    Oil frontiers are the social spaces associated with the exploration and development of one of the most global and strategically important resource sectors of contemporary capitalism: oil and gas fields. Through an examination ...
  • O'Donnell, James (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2008-10-30)
    Mass usage of the Internet is in its second decade, and Professor O'Donnell's Avatars of the Word, a study of the place of media in cultural history, is just ten years old. What have we learned, what haven't we learned, ...
  • Moretti, Franco (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2017-01-26)
    Aby Warburg’s last and most ambitious project, the Atlas Mnemosyne – conceived in 1926 and truncated three years later by Warburg’s sudden death – consists of a series of large black panels, on which are attached black-and-white ...
  • O'Donnell, James (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2008-10-28)
    What should history be "about"? The long-term movement of DNA-carrying peoples and their economic development, or the crises of a given president or prime minister. Ancient history and its narratives shaped much of what ...

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