Monday, June 27, 2011
Learning From the Stars
The BBC has made available the Reith Lectures, annual radio lectures beginning in 1948 by notable figures on contemporary issues. Among the selections:
1948 Bertrand Russell, Authority and the IndividualOr, of course, you can just watch Dancing With the Stars ...
1952 Arnold J. Toynbee, The World and the West
1953 Robert Oppenheimer, Science and the Common Understanding
1959 Peter Medawar, The Future of Man
1966 John K. Galbraith, The New Industrial State
1984 John Searle, Minds, Brains and Science
1991 Steve Jones, The Language of the Genes
2010 Martin Rees, Scientific Horizons
In our household, the preference is for So You Think You Can Dance?
I wonder how many broadcasting organizations would dare give airtime to leading thinkers today.
Having said that, there are possibilities. Russell may not have cut a particularly stylish rug but intellectually you could certainly have called him Ol' Twinkletoes. Maybe there's room for a show like Thinking with the Stars or So You Think You Can Think?