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Class 3: Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings

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Dan Dennett: Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes. (2002)

Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive. Philosopher and scientist Dan Dennett argues that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes and are not what we traditionally think they are. His 2003 book Freedom Evolves explores the way our brains have evolved to give us -- and only us -- the kind of freedom that matters, while 2006's Breaking the Spell examines religious belief through the lens of biology.

 

Eve Ensler: Security and Insecurity. (2005)

Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change. Eve Ensler wrote the global theater phenomenon Vagina Monologues after interviewing more than 200 women about their bodies. Its success propelled her to found V-Day, a worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls.  Originally recorded in 2005 it is very timely now.

 

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end.  (2002)

How might the world end? Stephen Petranek lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild? When he was editor-in-chief of Discover magazine, Stephen Petranek tangled with questions as big as the universe. Here he confronts the biggest question on the planet: What are the 10 most likely ways that life on the Earth could end?

 

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