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  • Hrdy, Sarah (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-04-04)
    Compared to other mammals, human offspring are slow-maturing and outrageously costly to rear, yet men's motivation to care for children is highly variable. Some fathers will do anything to remain nearby and care for their ...
  • Bialek, William (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-10-28)
    To a remarkable extent, our understanding of the natural world is built from a small set of very deep ideas. I’ll try to give some sense for the nature of these ideas, for their power and scope. I will also try to explain ...
  • Bialek, William (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-10-30)
    Experiments have uncovered many of the mechanisms at work in the machinery of life, but there still is no theoretical framework that ties these discoveries together. A hint about how to construct such a theory comes from ...
  • Hill, Charles (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2012-03-08)
    The Founders designed a polity almost fated to become a world power. Tocqueville's sense of democracy as a force of history was accompanied by his conclusion that democracies are "decidedly inferior" in the conduct of ...
  • Sollors, Werner (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2009-01-22)
    On August 16, 1945 Billy Wilder proposed "Propaganda through Entertainment" to the Information Control Division of the American Military Government in Germany (OMGUS), offering to make an "entertainment film," "a very ...
  • Mitchell, W. J. T. (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-04-01)
    This lecture aims at a diagnosis of the return of idolatry and its evil twin, iconoclasm, in contemporary global political culture, and especially in the contemporary tendency to conceive of war in religious, Manichean ...
  • Mitchell, W. J. T. (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-03-30)
    This lecture aims at the convergence of three disciplines: 1) the law, with its entire edifice of judicial practice and political philosophy; 2) migration, as the movement and settlement of living things, especially (but ...
  • Jackendoff, Ray (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-11-10)
    This talk, based on Jackendoff's forthcoming book A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning, explores the experience of thought as inner speech, the Joycean stream of consciousness. The paradox is that thinking cannot be ...
  • Knoll, Andrew H. (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-02-09)
    Shells, bones, tracks, and trails record a history of animal evolution more than 600 million years long. Earth, however, is some four and a half billion years old. What kinds of life characterized our planet's youth and ...
  • Hill, Charles (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2012-03-06)
    From Homer's Iliad to Milton's Paradise Lost to the Russian novel and contemporary global literature, major works, read from the angle of the practice of statecraft, offer insights on leadership, substance, and the structure ...
  • 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 (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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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