Category: Videos

Kevin Kelly: Ten Rules for the Networking Economy.

This is a short summary from “New Rules for the New Economy“, originally written in 1998. Kevin Kelly is one of the co-founders of Wired Magazine and has been at the forefront of the technology revolution and its consequences for society. The following passages from Kevin Kelly’s “New Rules for the New Economy” maybe almost 20 years old, but they are still relevant today. The central focus is on the network and on what happens when a multitude of nodes connect and interact. Kelly explores possibilities already more or less visible around us, and he offers suggestions for operating in...

The Life of a Bee

The following video shows the 21 day transformation of the honeybee from larvae to nature’s greatest pollinator in a 60-second timelapse. The video was produced in a partnership between Anand Varma and the Bee Lab at the University of California, Davis. And here is his commentary, from a TED talk: Like most advanced insects, bees go through a complete metamorphosis during their development. The young and the adult look very different, and the diet of the young and the adults differ so much that there is no competition for food between parents and their offspring. The life stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult....

Chai Jing: Under the Dome

China’s economy has grown around 9 to 10 percent for the last 20 years. One of the side-effects of this economic miracle is extreme environmental damage: Pollution in China is by now legendary, but the full picture is still emerging. On March 2nd, Chai Jing, a Chinese journalist and writer, released a documentary about air pollution that she produced herself “Under the Dome”. By March 3rd, 2015, the film had been viewed more than 150 million times in China, and sparked widespread discussions. On March 7, the film was blocked on Chinese websites. The Chinese government was consulted during the production...

Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget (1896-1980) was one of the forerunners of cognitive psychology. He examined the development of the cognitive functions in children, and gave us more insight into the world of children. Knowledge systems evolve not only through their own inherent logic, but also through a psychological process of maturation. Piaget called this theory “genetic epistemology.” Biography (Quoted from the Piaget Society Website.) “Jean Piaget (1896-1980) was born in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) on August 9, 1896. He died in Geneva on September 16, 1980. He was the oldest child of Arthur Piaget, professor of medieval literature at the University, and of Rebecca...

Chimpanzee Memory

Chimpanzees split from the human branch of evolution about four to six million years ago; they are our closest relatives in the animal world. They use tools like spears, they have limited language capability, and they are sophisticated group hunters. They can be deceptive in their behavior, and they are capable of planning for future events. They can mourn, and they can be altruistic within their groups. Our human sense of being fundamentally different from all other animals needs to be reexamined; it is probably the deepest hypocrisy we carry.

Günter Gaus im Gespräch mit Hannah Arendt

Das Interview wurde am 28.10.1964 veröffentlicht. Was bleibt? Es bleibt die Muttersprache. Hannah Arendt’s Biographie: Hannah Arendt, geboren am 14. Oktober 1906 in Hannover, gestorben am 4. Dezember 1975 in New York. Aufgewachsen in Königsberg. Studium der Philosophie, Theologie und des Griechischen. 1933 aus rassischen Gründen emigriert. Bis 1940 Arbeit in einer Wohlfahrtsorganisation in Paris. Seit 1941 in den USA, war sie zunächst freie Journalistin, dann Lektorin, später Geschäftsführerin der Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. Nach eigenen Worten »fahrender Scholar« – Lehre der Politischen Theorie an verschiedenen Universitäten. 1963 Professorin an der Universität von Chicago. Ab 1967 »university professor« an der Graduate...

The German Coast Guard

A few points need to be made about the video clip below: Germany does not have a long coastline, therefore the German Coast Guard probably did not receive the kind of funding it needs. Advertisement can be brilliant; I think the video was created for the Berlitz language schools. My German accent has not gone away, even after more than 20 years of being in America. I don’t understand it. Serious reflection and real-life don’t always go together well.

Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann developed the theory of quarks, the fundamental particles that constitute the atomic core. Here is an excerpt of his biography from the Nobel prize website.

Mathematical Infinity

“There are two approaches to mathematical infinity. It can be seen as defining limiting cases that can never be realized or as existing in some philosophical sense. These mathematical approaches parallel approaches to meaning and value that I call absolutist and evolutionary. The absolutist sees ultimate meaning as something that exists most commonly in the form of an all powerful infinite God. The evolutionary sees life and all of a creation as an ever expanding journey with no ultimate or final goal. There is only the journey. There is no destination. This video argues for an evolutionary view in our sense of meaning and values and in our mathematical understanding. There is a deep connection between the two with profound implications for the evolution of consciousness and human destiny.” (Paul Budnik)