Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In this speech, Steven Pinker clarifies the ideas in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature and explains why violence has been in decline for long stretches of time and today we are probably living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.
Held at the Linda Hall Library on October 12, 2011.
File size: 280 MB
Monday, November 28, 2011
"The Better Angels is a monumental achievement. His book should make it much harder for pessimists to cling to their gloomy vision of the future. Whether war is an ancient adaptation or a pernicious cultural infection, we are learning how to overcome it."—Slate.com
This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society. Amazon
I also recommend watching TED Talk of Steven Pinker on the myth of violence.
File size: 7 MB
Friday, November 25, 2011
An illuminating video about how the Quran describes the Earth and the Universe. The Flat Earth Society will love this for sure!
I posted the dowload links for archive purposes and against possibility of a removal.
File size: 200 MB
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Stephen Fry is being joined by famous names including Sean Penn in LA, Christopher Buckley, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie in New York and Richard Dawkins live on stage in London. They came together to celebrate and honor a great modern thinker, Christopher Hitchens.
The Youtube video is a 45 min edit of the real discussion and not available in UK and Ireland.
I posted the download links here, so nobody will miss this event.
File size: 472 MB
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Self-recognition in apes and their amazing short-term memory:
File Name ..........: National.Geographic.Smarter.Than.an.Ape.DVB.XviD.MP3.MVGroup.org.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 742,25 MB
Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Monday, November 21, 2011
Go back to five billion years ago and discover the birth of the Earth that is the only home to life as far as we know, see how life flourished and evolution worked, from the first single-celled organism to age of the dinosaurs and the first humans who walked on the planet, through the dazzling images and CGI animations.
- ALL LINKS ARE INTERCHANGEABLE -
- ENGLISH SUBTITLES INCLUDED -
[MKV | 91min | 2.18 GB]
[SMALL SIZE VERSION: AVI | 700MB ]
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Guardian columnist John Harris interviews Richard Dawkins and asks challenging questions on his atheism and views on religion.
You can listen to or download the full podcast here (29 min).
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"A powerful resource for people of all ages, written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?"
Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science education’s most passionate advocates, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers. But now, in a dramatic departure, he has teamed up with acclaimed artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to share the magic of science with readers of all ages. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the secrets of our world—and the universe beyond—that will entertain and inform for years to come. Amazon
Related to: The Magic of Reality - Richard Dawkins (Audiobook)
File size: 119 MB
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