Saturday, September 6, 2008

Carl Sagan The Cosmos Part 1 The Shores of the cosmic ocean.

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series presented by Carl Sagan. covered a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe. It is the most widely watched PBS series in the world.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Intro to Psychology: Lecture 4: Foundations: Skinner

PSYC110 (Spring 2007) (Yale) Uploaded by the Freeversity Foundation. More at (World’s Free University Commons) This material was created by or adapted from material created by Yale faculty member, Paul Bloom, Professor. Copyright © (2007) Paul Bloom. Distributed via Creative Commons license.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Waste = Food (An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle design concept)

An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle design concept of the chemist Michael Braungart and the architect William McDonough. Winner of the Silver Dragon at the Beijing International Science Film Festival 2006. OUTLINE: Man is the only creature that produces landfills. Natural resources are being depleted on a rapid scale while production and consumption are rising in na­tions like China and India. The waste production world wide is enormous and if we do not do anything we will soon have turned all our resources into one big messy landfill. But there is hope. The German chemist, Michael Braungart, and the American designer-architect William McDonough are fundamentally changing the way we produce and build. If waste would become food for the biosphere or the technosphere (all the technical products we make), produc­tion and consumption could become beneficial for the planet. A design and production concept that they call Cradle to Cradle. A concept that is seen as the next industrial revolution. • Design every product in such a way that at the end of its lifecycle the component materials become a new resource. • Design buildings in such a way that they produce energy and become a friend to the environment. Large companies like Ford and Nike are working with McDonough and Braun­gart to change their production facilities and their products. They realize that economically seen waste is destruction of capital. You make something with no value. Based on their ideas the Chinese government is working towards a circular economy where Waste = Food. An amazing story that will definitely change your way of thinking about production and consumption.