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Nothing to Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p><b>An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books)</b> <b><br>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b> <b></b><br>In this landmark …

Evgeny Morozov's selected writings

<b><br>Selected Writings, 2006-2013</b><p><i>long-form pieces and reviews marked with ***</i><p>Is Smart Making Us Dumb?, The Wall Street Journal, February 2013<p>Bonität übers …

Michel Foucault

<b>Michel Foucault</b> (1926-1984)<p><b>Discourse and Truth - Parrhesia, 1983 (English)</b><p>October 24, 1983 Part 1<br>The meaning and evolution of the word Parrhesia …

YouTube

BBC Radio 4 - The Reith Lectures, Bertrand Russell: Authority and the Individual: 1948 - Available now

6/6 Bertrand Russell argues for personal morality over tribal customs to guide conduct.<p>5/6 Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.<p>4/6 Bertrand Russell considers the role of human nature in the development of society.<p>3/6 Bertrand Russell argues for the …

Jorge Luis Borges’ 1967-8 Norton Lectures On Poetry (And Everything Else Literary)

Like most literary geeks, I've read a lot of Jorge Luis Borges. If you haven't, look into the influences of your favorite writers, and you may find …

New course brings 'The Art of Living' to Stanford and to the airwaves

<i>Philosophy Talk</i> and Stanford Continuing Studies team up to create a unique course that combines philosophical wisdom with a radio broadcast …

William S. Burroughs’ Short Class on Creative Reading

These lectures were recorded in August 1979 at Naropa University in Boulder, CO<p>Part 1 -- The first half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative …

Take Big History: A Free Short Course on 13.8 Billion Years of History, Funded by Bill Gates

Last month, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> published a long piece called "So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ...", which begins with these …

Great Big Ideas: Free Course Features Top Thinkers Tackling the World’s Most Important Ideas in 12 Lectures

Begun in 2011 by Big Think and the Jack Parker Corporation, The Floating University is an online educational initiative that debuted at Harvard, …

Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975)

Think of the name Buckminster Fuller, and you may think of a few oddities of mid-twentieth-century design for living: the Dymaxion House, the …

The Uber Counterculture

The Data & Society Research Institute, with a researcher from NYU, conducted an extensive study of Uber’s labor issues though “sustained monitoring …

Customer Service

"El sapo-The Toad" performed by Serenata Guayanesa

"The Australian Zoo (Kookaburra & Waltzing Matilda)" performed by Ella Jenkins

"Yemayah" performed by Ella Jenkins

Should privacy regulation be more than just data protection? | Inga Kroener

To protect citizens, policymakers need to move beyond a narrow understanding of what privacy is<p>On 3 October 2014 Google was fined 2,250 Canadian dollars (£1,230) for publishing an image on its Street View feature that showed a woman’s cleavage. Despite blurring her face, her car registration number …

Artificial intelligence: how clever do we want our machines to be?

From <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> to <i>Blade Runner</i> and <i>RoboCop</i> to <i>The Matrix</i>, how humans deal with the artifical intelligence they have created has proved a fertile dystopian territory for film-makers. More recently Spike Jonze’s <i>Her</i> and Alex Garland’s forthcoming <i>Ex Machina</i> explore what it might be like to have …

Wealth without workers, workers without wealth

TECHNOLOGICAL revolutions are best appreciated from a distance. The great inventions of the 19th century, from electric power to the …

Economics

Overstock.com Assembles Coders to Create a Bitcoin-Like Stock Market

Overstock.com is building software, based on the bitcoin digital currency, that could allow the big-name etailer to issue corporate stock over the …

Are New York City Phone Booths Tracking Your Location? Probably (UPDATED)

<b>Update (1:40 P.M.):</b> Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has asked Titan to remove the beacons the company placed on hundreds of payphones. “The beacons will be removed over the coming days,” a spokesman for the mayor said Monday.<p>An advertising company quietly installed some 500 beacons in phone booths …

Adapting to plug-ins

AFTER “rate hikes”, the most common phrase in America’s electricity industry these days is “death spiral”. The recession clobbered demand, and it has …

Angela Merkel

Box Brew Double Barrel Home-Brewing Kit

As home-brewers know, a brew day can be a lot of work, but is almost as fun as enjoying the finished product. Part of the hassle though, is dealing …

Cobalt

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

“David Bowie Is,” the extensive retrospective exhibit of the artist and his fabulous costumes, hit Toronto last Friday (see our post from earlier …

Eco**2 exploring the fundamental links between ecology and economics - The Collision of Economics and Ecology - Collision of Econo… [Audio]

Ecology

The Hazards of Going on Autopilot

At 9:18 <i>P.M.</i> on February 12, 2009, Continental Connection Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, took off from Newark International Airport. Rebecca Shaw, the first officer, was feeling ill and already dreaming of the hotel room that awaited in Buffalo. The captain, Marvin Renslow, assured her that …

Autonomous Cars

Why Uber must be stopped

<b>Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street," Michael Douglas in "Wall Street"</b><p>The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>August 31, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>What is Uber? A paragon of free market efficiency and …

BlaBlaCar Is Building a Global Rideshare Network That's Already Taking Over Europe

It even aims to match riders with similar tendencies to blah blah blah.<p>Call it the 21st-century version of hitchhiking: BlaBlaCar is a peer-to-peer marketplace for open spots in cars across Europe. Unlike American ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, BlaBlaCar caps the price of the ride based on …

Airbnb CEO: Cities Are Becoming Villages

For the first time in centuries, we're trusting our neighbors, Brian Chesky says.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, an online marketplace for people to rent out their homes in lieu of hotels or other accommodations, has a theory for how urban-living has progressed over the …

Innovation and Leadership in the New Digital Age | Institute of Politics

Listen to Flannery O'Connor read "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."

By Sadie Stein June 4, 2012<p>It wasn’t until Open Culture shared this 1959 recording of Flannery O’Connor reading the title story of <i>A Good Man Is Hard to Find</i> that we realized we didn’t know what her voice sounded like. The thirty-four-year-old author’s Georgia accent is pronounced, and she puts over …