Posts Tagged ‘lecture’

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at TED 2010: Inside a school for suicide bombers

27/05/2010

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers?  Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with interviews of young camp graduates.  A shocking vision.

TED link

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s TED biography

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Wikipedia page

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour”

Children of the Taliban | FRONTLINE/World | PBS Video

Michael Specter at TED 2010: The danger of science denial

24/04/2010

I end my brief blogging sabbatical by posting this superb lecture I saw from the TED podcast a couple of weeks ago.

Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: all point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter.  He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.

TED link

RichardDawkins.net page

Common Sense Atheism page

Michael Specter’s homepage

Michael Specter’s Wikipedia page

Michael Specter: Authors@Google

Sam Harris at TED 2010: Science can answer moral questions

23/03/2010

manicstreetpreacher is delighted to see that his hero of atheism has still got it!

My detractors who chide me for being a mouthpiece for the Four Horsemen should take a look at this and see why I choose to rely on Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens so much.

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science.  But Sam Harris argues that science can – and should – be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Sit back and enjoy.

TED link

Thread on Richard Dawkins.net

Sam Harris’ homepage

Project Reason

Sam Harris’ Wikipedia page