The Feynman Series: beauty

5 minutes

Richard Feynman on why science adds beauty in the Universe: it does not subtract

‘It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.’

Throughout the 20th century, the prominent US theoretical physicist Richard Feynman gained a reputation as an eloquent and accessible public spokesperson for science and enquiry. This short film, with audio excerpted from a 1981 BBC documentary on Feynman titled The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, features Feynman explaining why he believes beauty reveals itself through science, investigation and uncertainty.

Director: Reid Gower

Video/Anthropology

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8 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

5 minutes

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

Video/Evil

What, if anything, makes an all-good god less absurd than an all-evil one?

4 minutes

Idea/Ethics

There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore

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Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

How did the 20th century’s most glamorous intellectual friendship go wrong?

3 minutes