Scholars’ Circle- Study on effects of consumerism -/- humanity affected by history of science and religion – May 1st, 2016

First, how most of what we buy and consume helps create wars, prop up dictatorships and systems of oppression, and some ways to start changing this. [ dur: 27 mins. ]

  • Leif Wenar is Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London. He is the author of “Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules That Run the World“. Leif Wenar website

Then, how might Big History change our thinking about the role of humanity in the history of the earth and the convergence of science and religion. [ dur: 30 mins. ]

  • Jonathan Markley is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton. He is part of the Big History movement and has been featured in many television episodes related to it. Big History Project website

Find book authored by our guest scholars on this Book Shelf .

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

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2 thoughts on “Scholars’ Circle- Study on effects of consumerism -/- humanity affected by history of science and religion – May 1st, 2016”

  1. Maria
    Pl fix the captcha thing. It is a nuisance.
    Resource curse?
    Very informative discussion this Sunday, May 1st
    NOT.
    But let me pose a paradox: does not Norway live off only off Oil and forest poroducts? It is European.
    Ever heard of any probelm with that Gov?
    Hmm.
    Canada: also lives off its oil and forestery.
    The best countries in the world for their people.
    Also, heavily European.
    Not black and brown. Erstwhile colonized/brutalized en mass.
    & that is give theoretical founding by the Orientalists.(Edward Said, 1974)
    So the theroy has serious conformal limitations
    Not to deny the shocking situations you discuss.
    But, let us face it: fundamental reason is Racism. Simple.
    Since Corportae and Eurocentric countries have essentially destroyed social, economic and political structures of the Cursed people, you just cannot go “hollier-than-thous” & walk out.
    Solutions
    first: STOP SELLING WEAPONS., PERIOD.
    2nd: find out NGO staffed by locals who are given honest training about formin g a cooperaitve, pluralistic, tolerant governing structures, open to all.
    This even the US does not have.
    So, you cannot get ANY US structure to get into: they will pollute the whole thing with corporate/Judeo-christian shenanigan and spoil it all.

  2. Each week I listen to your fabulous program, I am profoundly impressed and would like to purchase every book discussed but, like most, am already drowning in fine publications. I merely wish to thank you for these informative, enlightening experiences that stimulate and bring such pleasure to my life.

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