Thursday, October 30, 2008

On the Edge: Latest views from Andrés Duany

(painting by Antoine Blanchard Théâtre des Variétés)

Andrés Duany is an American architect and urban planner. He was born in New York City but grew up in Cuba until 1960. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, and after a year of study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he received a master's degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. (bio taken here)

Duany gave a lecture in Vancouver on January 16, 2008. Click link below to watch.

On the Edge: Latest Views from Andrés Duany

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Owen Flanagan: Mind & Reality Symposium on Consciousness, Presented by Columbia's Center for the Study of Science and Religion (Keynote Address)

Owen Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He is also Professor of Psychology and Brain Science, and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. In 1999-2000, Dr. Flanagan held the Romanell Phi Beta Kappa Professorship awarded by the national Phi Beta Kappa office to an American philosopher for distinguished contributions to philosophy and to the public understanding of philosophy.

Dr. Flanagan works primarily on the mind-body problem, moral psychology, and the conflict between the scientific and the humanistic image of persons. His publications include: The Science of the Mind (MIT University Press, 1991), Varieties of Moral Personality (Harvard University Press, 1991), Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT University Press, 1992), Self-Expressions: Mind, Morals and the Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press, 1996), Dreaming Souls: Sleep, Dreams and the Evolution of the Conscious Mind (Oxford University Press, 2000), and The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them (Basic, 2002). His newest book, The Bohisattva's Brain: Neuroscience, Virtue, and Happiness, will be completed this summer and published by MIT Press. (Bio taken here)



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George Koob: Neuroscience and Human Flourishing

George F. Koob, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at The Scripps Research Institute and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Koob is a pioneering researcher in the field of substance abuse and stress. He has proposed, with Dr. Michel Le Moal, a contemporary model of drug addiction termed "the allostatic model of addiction". He is one of the most highly cited contemporary neuroscientists. Dr. Koob has co-authored a book in collaboration with Dr. Le Moal called "Neurobiology of Addiction." (Bio taken here)

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Warren Buffett: On Economic Crisis

University of Nebraska Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts / Science
Columbia University, Master of Science

America's most beloved investor is now the world's richest man. Soared past friend and bridge partner Bill Gates as shares of Berkshire Hathaway climbed 25% since the middle of last July. Son of Nebraska politician delivered newspapers as a boy. Filed first tax return at age 13, claiming $35 deduction for bicycle. Studied under value investing guru Benjamin Graham at Columbia. Took over textile firm Berkshire Hathaway 1965. Today holding company invested in insurance (Geico, General Re), jewelry (Borsheim's), utilities (MidAmerican Energy), food (Dairy Queen, See's Candies). Also has noncontrolling stakes in Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo. Insurance operations flourished in 2007. "That party is over. It's a certainty that insurance-industry profit margins, including ours, will fall significantly in 2008." The Oracle of Omaha issued a challenge to members of The Forbes 400 in October; said he would donate $1 million to charity if the collective group of richest Americans would admit they pay less taxes, as a percentage of income, than their secretaries. Had long promised to give away his fortune posthumously. Irrevocably earmarked the majority of his Berkshire shares to charity in 2006, mostly to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gift was valued at $31 billion on day of announcement; donation will far exceed that sum so long as Berkshire shares continue to rise. (Bio taken here)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What is Pragmatism?

The pragmatic school of philosophy is discussed by Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam and James Conant on Chicago Public Radio. April 24, 2002

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

New York Remembers Jacques Derrida

A tribute to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) hosted by NYU's Center for French Civilization and Culture, the Department of German, and the faculty of Arts and Science. Video includes segments of tributes given by scholars including Richard Foley, Tom Bishop, Peter Goodrich, Shireen Patell, Anselm Haverkamp, Ulrich Baer, Mary Ann Caws, Michel Beaujour, Emily Apter, Gil Anidjar, Drucilla Cornell, Judith Friedlander, Béatrice Longuenesse, Gayatri Spivak, and Avital Ronell.

Summer Philosophy Series with Christopher Lydon circa 2000

Below are several links to a philosophy radio series that took place in the summer of 2000.

Part One: The Examined Life Martha Nussbaum, Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Classics at the University of Chicago.

Part Two: Justice Michael Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University Bernard Williams, Professor of Philosophy at All Souls College, Oxford.

Part Three: Ethics and Morality Thomas Scanlon, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. Ralph Wedgwood, Professor of Philosophy, MIT

Part Four: Love Martha Nussbaum, Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Classics at the University of Chicago

Part Five: The God Problem Hilary Putnam, Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Alvin Plantinga, Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University.

Part Six: Freedom and Freewill Simon Blackburn, Cambridge University author of The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy and Think. Susan Wolf, Chair of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University author of Freedom Within Reason.

Part Seven: Science Daniel Dennett, Tufts University. Richard Rorty, Princeton University.

Part Eight: The Philosophy of Mind Patricia Churchland, Chair of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego Antonio Damasio, Neuroscientist and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Part Nine: Living the Philosophical Life Cornel West, Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion at Harvard University.