Psychedelics Revisited

On Fri­day, we men­tioned the BBC pro­duc­tion called “What on Earth is Wrong with Grav­i­ty.” Below is anoth­er video by the same pro­duc­ers called “Psy­che­del­ic Sci­ence,” which sur­veys the past and present of psy­che­del­ic drugs, and the new era of sci­en­tists explor­ing ways to use these drugs again for ther­a­peu­tic pur­pos­es (i.e., the treat­ment of schiz­o­phre­nia and addic­tion).

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Speak­ing of psy­che­delics, we’ve post­ed a doc­u­men­tary below (yet anoth­er BBC pro­duc­tion) that takes a not entire­ly flat­ter­ing look at the life of Tim­o­thy Leary, the Har­vard psy­chol­o­gy pro­fes­sor who went coun­ter­cul­ture in 1960s and advo­cat­ed the ther­a­peu­tic and spir­i­tu­al ben­e­fits of LSD. I remem­ber see­ing him years lat­er when I was in col­lege. My mem­o­ry of the man: Spunky and about as non­lin­ear as you could get.

The Top 25 Educational Podcasts on iTunes

Every now and then, we like to list the top rank­ing edu­ca­tion­al on pod­casts on iTunes. No mat­ter how much time goes by, one thing seems to stay the same: peo­ple like pod­casts that teach for­eign lan­guages, par­tic­u­lar­ly Span­ish, above all else. Have a look, and if you want to learn more for­eign lan­guages, vis­it our For­eign Lan­guage Les­son Pod­cast Col­lec­tion. It cov­ers 26 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

#1. Cof­fee Break Span­ish iTunes Feed Web Site

#2. Gram­mar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Bet­ter Writ­ing iTunes Feed Web Site

#3. Learn Span­ish at SpanishPod101 iTunes Feed Web Site

#4. Learn Span­ish Sur­vival Guide iTunes Feed Web Site

#5. Learn to Speak Span­ish iTunes Feed Web Site

#6. The French Pod Class iTunes Feed Web Site

#7. Span­ish Pod­casts for Begin­ners iTunes Feed Web Site

#8. Learn French with Cof­fee Break French iTunes Feed Web Site

#9. LearnItalianPod.com iTunes Feed Web Site

#10. JapanesePod101.com iTunes Feed Web Site

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Hitchcock 2008

What would it look like if you stuck today’s stars in Hitch­cock­’s clas­sic films? Van­i­ty Fair tried to fig­ure it out.

The Mystery of Gravity

Cour­tesy of the BBC, this video fea­tures Bri­an Cox, a par­ti­cle physi­cist and ex D:Ream key­board play­er, who trav­els across the US, fir­ing lasers at the moon and going wild in the Ari­zona desert, all in order to under­stand the deep secrets of grav­i­ty — some­thing that nei­ther New­ton nor Ein­stein ful­ly under­stood. It’s in grav­i­ty, Cox thinks, that we can find the mean­ing and log­ic of the Uni­verse.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Freedom for the Thought That We Hate

We cov­ered the Sec­ond Amend­ment a cou­ple of weeks ago. (Does it con­fer the right to bear arms?) So why not touch on the First Amend­ment this week and point you to an engag­ing inter­view (MP3iTunesFeed) with the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning author Antho­ny Lewis, who has just released the new book: Free­dom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biog­ra­phy of the First Amend­ment.

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How to Extend the Life Of Your iPod Battery

For those who use their iPod to take advan­tage of our copi­ous pod­cast col­lec­tions:

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The World is Flat: The #1 Free Podcast on iTunesU

Since its pub­li­ca­tion in 2005, Thomas Fried­man’s The World Is Flat has remained a steady best­seller. And now it’s the most down­loaded pod­cast on iTune­sU. Cap­tur­ing a talk pre­sent­ed at M.I.T. in 2005, this video pod­cast intro­duces you to Fried­man’s con­cept of Glob­al­iza­tion 3.0. It’s a new era of glob­al­iza­tion that gained momen­tum just a few years ago, when “a glob­al, web-enabled plat­form,” enabling the “shar­ing of knowl­edge and work, irre­spec­tive of time, dis­tance, geog­ra­phy and increas­ing­ly even lan­guage,” start­ed flat­ten­ing the world and empow­er­ing indi­vid­u­als any­where to become play­ers in the glob­al econ­o­my. If you’ve nev­er read his book, this 85 minute video offers a sub­stan­tive and quite engag­ing intro­duc­tion to Fried­man’s think­ing. Note: you can access the talk in mul­ti­ple media for­mats here.

For more good talks, see our Uni­ver­si­ty Pod­cast Col­lec­tion and our col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es.

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