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Coffer

6 minutes

Coffer traded his condo for a log cabin decades ago, and he hasn’t looked back

Twenty-five years ago, John Coffer gave up his condominium and sports car in Florida for a home-made log cabin in upstate New York. ‘Life ain’t perfect’ he says, ‘and neither is my cabin.’ But the life of a 19th-century homesteader turns out to blend with laptops, solar cells and wind generators pretty well.

Director: Ben Wu, David Usui

Producer: Lost and Found Films

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Change becomes you

Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefully

Kevin Tobia

Video/Philosophy of Mind

It’s easy to get caught up in constructing our selves, but what does it cost us?

3 minutes

Idea/Ethics

A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong

Anna E Charlton & Gary L Francione

Idea/Metaphysics

Imagination is a powerful tool: why is philosophy afraid of it?

Amy Kind

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Model hallucinations

Psychedelics have a remarkable capacity to violate our ideas about ourselves. Is that why they make people better?

Philip Gerrans & Chris Letheby

Video/Ethics

Pain leads to empathy and self-preservation: should we make robots ‘feel’ it?

12 minutes