Juan Pérez Mercader talks to us about the origins of life and astrobiology. Juan Pérez Mercader directs the Synthetic Life project at Harvard’s Origin of Life Inititative.
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“New kinds of technological interfaces will have in the future, an impact on our understanding of what is an individual self. So much of what we already can do with technology takes place outside the individual body… As synthetic biology moves ahead there will be other things which will be there in the world which are derivatives of us but are not within the boundary of the human body. So what it is to be biologically human is moving out into the world in ways we could not have foreseen generations before. Some people argue that it is at this moment in history when this is changing faster than ever before…”
Henrietta L. Moore is the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Culture and Globalisation Programme at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Global Governance. Previously she was LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations and served as the Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE from 1994-1999. She has held numerous Visiting Appointments in the United States, Germany, Norway, South Africa, among other places.
Here she discusses her views on how anthropologists can best understand different cultures. What are the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism? How can psychoanalytic approaches enhance and enrich understanding? What is the impact of culture and technology on individual identity? Finally, how does she interpret the current moment of cultural change? Are apocalyptic narratives of ‘mcdonaldisation’, ‘starbucksisation’ and homogenization justified?
Abstract: The powerful intellectual attraction exerted by Russell, Wittgenstein and Moore upon their contemporaries and upon subsequent philosophy can hardly been underestimated. Nevertheless there were other parties involved in the Cambridge conversations where the distinctive features of their differing philosophical outlooks took shape - philosophers including A.N. Whitehead, W.E. Johnson and G.F. Stout amongst others. This talk we will recover and reanimate some of these conversations and listen to some of these now muted voices in order to come to an understanding of the influence that they undoubtedly bore upon the development of philosophy in Cambridge.
Audio extract of an interview on the life and work of the anthropologist Maurice Bloch.
Interviewed by Alan Macfarlane on 29th May 2008 and edited by Sarah Harrison
For the full video interview, visit the Anthropological Ancestors website here: http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/ancestors/bloch.htm
Summarized transcript: https://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/1810/198365/1/bloch.txt
with Keith Hart and Kate Pretty
The Keynote Address for the special 800th Anniversary Edition Launch of Vision, CUiD’s termly magazine. Professor Hart is the author of "Memory Bank" and former head of the Department of African Studies in Cambridge.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek discusses his work and his life in science.
This lecture is part of the 2009 Cambridge Science Festival.
Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been pushing the limits of what we know about particle physics and exploring what holds our universe together since he was 21, and contributing to the definition of gluons, which hold atomic nuclei together. Throughout a storied career in physics he has not only been at the forefront of his field but also an able and enthusiastic public communicator, helping to connect recent developments in fundamental physics to the general public, most recently in his book the The Lightness of Being.
An informal evening conversation between members of the Department of Social Anthropology in Cambridge and Clifford Geertz about his life and work.
One hour lecture given by Clifford Geertz on 6 May 2004- "Shifting aims, moving targets: on the anthropology of religion". Recorded by Prof. Alan Macfarlane
Lindsay Brand, Lucy Newman and Max Thompson brave the festival bar to gather some final thoughts and feelings from the 28th Cambridge film festival. Please be away that the following podcast may contain some moderate language.