Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Big History; Social Evolution; Future Intelligence
A world best-seller, Harari's Sapiens belongs to the genre that has become known as Big History, a sub-discipline which focuses on the biological, geo... Continue reading...
The Brain's Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries
The Brain, Neuropsychology, Medicine,
"Neurons that fire together, wire together - those that fire apart, wire apart" is the formula Doidge uses to describe how brain plasticity works. ... Continue reading...
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Distribution of Income and Wealth; Economic Growth, Debt, Globalisation, Inflation, Tax
Capital in the Twenty-First Century documents and analyses changes in the distribution of wealth and income in developed economies from the mid 19th c... Continue reading...
Why the West Rules - For Now
Big History, Civilisation Development, USA v. China
Ian Morris is a historian with an interest in archaeology who goes beyond a traditional historical method that relies on written records. He uses carb... Continue reading...
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve
Long-Term History, Sociology, Ethics, Culture
These four confronting lectures by Ian Morris are based on his book, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve. Morris argues that ... Continue reading...
Thinking Fast and Slow
Decision Making, Finance, Medicine, Political Economy
A simple maths problem: If a bat and a ball cost $1.10 and the bat is $1.00 more expensive than the ball, how much does the ball cost? Half a Harvard ... Continue reading...
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
History; Psychology; Cultural Development
The world is getting more violent!" .......WRONG. It has become less violent.
"The Twentieth Century was the most violent century in history!..... Continue reading...
Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Political Economy, International Relations, Democracy, Asian Development, Australia, Inequality, Economic Growth
A careful thoughtful view delivered at the LSE in October 2014 of the "big" issues from one of Australia's most eminent economists. The title borro... Continue reading...
Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change
Political Economy, Climate Change, Economic Development and Growth, Ethics
Introducing his new book, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change Professor Stern outlines why the transition to... Continue reading...
On Race and Recognition: A More Complete Commonwealth
Law, Indigenous Australia, Racism, Constitution, Social Justice
Based on an important 2104 advocacy essay in the Quarterly Essay, lawyer and activist Noel Pearson shows how the idea of "race" was embedded in the ... Continue reading...