Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, medicine, the prison system, and the function of sexuality in social organizations. He spent some time during the last years of his life at UC Berkeley, delivering several lectures in English. And happily they were recorded for posterity.
This month's collection of images from the world of nanotechnology includes a scanning tunnelling microscope, peptide fibres, zinc oxide nanorods and magnesium sulphate crystals – which could lead to advances in medicine.
When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory — those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago — are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories.
Chomsky dismissed the claim that scientists and engineers hadn’t followed typical procedures because they felt intimidated by the government. He said publishing an article in an academic journal was virtually risk-free compared to other forms of political activism.
Apocalyptic weapons are currently the domain of world powers. But this is set to change. Within a few decades, small groups — and even single individuals — will be able to get their hands on any number of extinction-inducing technologies.
Dans la Peau d'un Noir est un film documentaire français réalisé en 2007 et diffusé pour la première fois sur Canal+ en 2 parties de 50 minutes les 30 et 31 janvier 2007. Le film vise à dénoncer le racisme, de la part de personnes résidant en France, à l'encontre des noirs (Wikipedia).
The 'godfather of free online education' says that the racially, economically diverse students at SJSU, 'were students from difficult neighborhoods, without good access to computers, and with all kinds of challenges in their lives…[for them] this medium is not a good fit'. It seems disruption is hard when poor people insist on existing.