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Primitive technology: termite clay kiln and pottery

11 minutes

How to build a full pottery workshop from the earth up

The popular Primitive Technology blog features an unnamed man in Far North Queensland in Australia building tools and structures using only raw, found materials. In this instalment, the man builds a kiln from termite mound clay before crafting and eventually firing a pot, an urn, a forge-blower and several roof tiles. The resulting video falls somewhere between a rugged wilderness survival guide and a soothing DIY arts-and-crafts tutorial. To learn more about the step-by-step process while watching, turn on closed captions in the YouTube video player.

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10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Logic

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

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12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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Video/Making

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7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock