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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Berry, Wendell (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-11-11)
    Over the past half-century, no one has written more probingly or more influentially about the relations between culture and agriculture than Wendell Berry. His essays, short stories, novels, and poems have ranged eloquently ...
  • Berry, Wendell (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2010-11-09)
    Over the past half-century, no one has written more probingly or more influentially about the relations between culture and agriculture than Wendell Berry. His essays, short stories, novels, and poems have ranged eloquently ...

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