Category Archives: University Lectures and Courses

Interesting lectures and courses.

Viral mutation and evolution…


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Date: March 27, 2021

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“Viral evolution

adenine, cytosine, uracil, guanine

Darwinian evolution

Species undergo random mutation

Making most less fit

But making a few more fit

Fit means compete, survive, reproduce

Natural selection will ‘select’ the more fit

Viruses usually become less virulent over time

Increased virulence / transmissibility

Mutations that increase transmissibility

Mutations that can avoid antibodies

Mutations that can avoid vaccination defences”

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Loving Animals: Historical Reflections on Bestality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love…


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Date: March 21, 2021

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“What is meant by ‘love’ between human and nonhuman animals? Why is sex with animals such a taboo? It is only in very recent years that some people have begun to undermine the absolute prohibition on zoosexuality.

Are their arguments dangerous, perverted, or simply wrongheaded? What does it mean to love nonhuman animals? More pertinently: what does it mean to love?

This book launch will look at the history of debates about human sexual encounters with other species.

A lecture by Joanna Bourke

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:

https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/loving-animals

This is what I would like to see far more of, for MAPs.

Why cant we MAPs have content of this style and tone?

It’s kind of mind blowing, who all gets to have objective discussion out in the open, and who does not.

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Ep5: The Genesis of Purpose – Growing Up in the Universe – Richard Dawkins…


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Date: March 21, 2021

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“Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”

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Ep4: The Ultraviolet Garden – Growing Up in the Universe – Richard Dawkins…


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Date: March 20, 2021

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“Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”

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Ep3: Climbing Mount Improbable – Growing Up in the Universe – Richard Dawkins…


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Date: March 19, 2021

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“Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”

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Ep2: Designed and Designoid Objects – Growing Up in the Universe – Richard Dawkins…


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Date: March 18, 2021

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“Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”

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Ep 1: Waking Up in the Universe – Growing Up in the Universe – Richard Dawkins…


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Date: March 17, 2021

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“Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”

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Putting Wellbeing and Prosperity First…


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Date: March 08, 2021

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“There is a seismic shift underway in economics, hastened by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Communities and countries around the world are beginning to adopt/consider adopting well-being and prosperity as major guiding principles. The aim is to deploy new forms of economic theory and policy to reflect the importance of nature in their future development.

This lecture explores the issue of prosperity, innovation, and natural capital for iconic locations around the world and asks what will it mean for the future.

A lecture by Jacqueline Mcglade

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

Website: https://gresham.ac.uk

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How to be an Atheist in Medieval Europe…


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Date: February 13, 2021

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“Alec Ryrie takes a tour of medieval unbelief, showing why some believed that God was being used to swindle and manipulate them.

A lecture by Professor Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 27 September 2018

https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/atheist-medieval-europe

There was no intellectually sophisticated or articulate ‘atheism’ in the Middle Ages, but there was plenty of raw scepticism and incredulity. Church courts regularly heard blasphemy cases which went as far as outright denial of God.

This lecture will take a tour of medieval unbelief, showing how and why some medieval people defied the powerful orthodoxies of their day: fired not by intellectual or philosophical doubts but by suspicion that ‘God’ was being used to swindle and manipulate them.

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.”

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The Road to Unfreedom: Democracy, Neofascism, and the Importance of Language…


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Date: February 12, 2021

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“At this joint event with Intelligence Squared Germany, Yale historian Timothy Snyder addressed the dangers to democracy from deliberate manipulation of the media and the spread of disinformation by authoritarian governments and their supporters. Snyder talked about the growing threats to democratic systems in Europe and the United States, including Russian interference in the 2016 US elections and manipulation of the media during the invasion of Ukraine. In particular, he discussed how authoritarian leaders use language to delegitimize opposition. And crucially, how citizens can resist.”

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