PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous. He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and he grew up extremely close to his mother until she remarried, much to his regret, when he was twelve. Sartre spent most of his life in Paris, where […]

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POP CULTURE: The Clever Tricks of Advertising

POP CULTURE: The Clever Tricks of Advertising

When advertising began in a significant way in the [early] 19th century It was a relatively straightforward business. It showed you a product told you what it did where you could get it and what it cost Then in 1960s America a remarkable new way of advertising emerged Led by Luminaries of Madison Avenue Like […]

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ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Was the most Glamorous Figure of 20th Century American Art Born in Pennsylvania in 1928 to czech parents he lived most of his life in New York Much about his life was eccentric He wore a silver wig, he liked to go to the dry cleaners and stand in the corner Enjoying the […]

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SOCIOLOGY – Theodor Adorno

SOCIOLOGY – Theodor Adorno

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was born in Frankfurt in 1903 into a wealthy and cultured family. His father, a wine merchant, was of Jewish origin but had converted to Protestantism at university. Until his twenties, Adorno planned for a career as a composer, but eventually focused on philosophy. In 1934, he was barred on racial grounds […]

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PHILOSOPHY – Hegel

PHILOSOPHY – Hegel

Georg Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart in 1770. Intellectually he was adventurous, but in externals, respectable, conventional, and proud of it. He ascended the academic tree and reached the top most branch, head of the University of Berlin, when he was sixty years old; he died the following year. Hegel wrote some very long […]

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HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow […]

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POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Modern life is deeply attracted to the idea of progress in the 18th century as European societies became ever richer and more technological, the conventional view was that mankind was firmly set on a positive trajectory from savagery and ignorance toward prosperity and civilization. But there was at least one eighteen century philosopher who violently […]

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ART/ARCHITECTURE – Andrea Palladio

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Andrea Palladio

Vicenza. 25 miles inland from Venice, is one of the leading sites of global architectural tourism- and for one reason. Many of the works of Andrea Palladio are located in and around that town. Andrea Palladio was born at the end of November in 1508 in Padua. He was an apprentice stonemason, and later a […]

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The Magic of Technology

The Magic of Technology

MAN: Hi, darling. Hi, Grandpa. – Are you ready? – Yes. VOICE-OVER: This is a story about magic. ‘A green rolling hill, and a giant…’ BOTH: ‘..named Bill.’ But magic isn’t real, right? It’s a story we tell our kids, a story we all leave behind. In adulthood, we change our mind ’cause magic’s way […]

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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – Lao Tzu

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – Lao Tzu

It’s difficult to know much for certain about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Even his name can be a little confusing; it is also sometimes translated as Laozi or Lao Tze Lao Tzu is said to have been a record keeper in the court of the central Chinese Zhou Dynasty in the 6th century B.C., […]

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