Here is a nice video detailing what a scholarly journal article is.
This weekend some friends and I watched a Ted Video on the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis (AAH) given by Elaine Morgan. The AAH suggests that the phenotypic differences between humans and apes (bipedalism, fat distribution, hairlessness) can be explained by a period of time when hominids lived in aquatic environments. Being interested in the merits of Morgan’s arguments I started looking around for critiques. I found this and this. From my cursory reading of these critiques it appears that Morgan makes a lot of claims that are just not true. Bummer, her quest to take down academia was so exciting!
You can watch the video here.
Over the past couple months I’ve been trying to get a handle on the global economic crises. I thought I’d share some of the resources I have encountered. The first, is an episode of This American life discussing the beginnings of a housing bubble; you can read a transcript here. More recently, This American Life produced another episode about Bad Banks.
The popularity of these episodes resulted in the creation of a podcast and blog called Planet Money; an excellent resource for understanding the economy and financial system in general.
I also encountered the work of Nassim Taleb, a mathematician who saw the economic crises coming and wrote about it in the book The Black Swan. Here is a video of Taleb on Charlie Rose discussing the crises. Here is a video of Taleb in conversation with behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman.
For analysis of capitalism in general I have found David Harvey, a Marxist geographer at City University of New York, to be particularly enlightening. Below is a video of David Harvey’s interview on Democracy Now:
Here is another video of Daivd Harvey in conversation with Alexander Cockburn.
Finally, below is an interesting debate between Naomi Klein and Alan Greenspan that highlights the opposing views on the matter of global capitalism.
David Harvey has been teaching Marx’s Capital for 30 years (Capital, written in 1867 by Karl Marx, is an in-depth analysis of capitalism as an economic system). You can watch the entire course Reading Marx’s Capital (13 lectures) at his website. While looking over the site I also found LibriVoz, a website that has a number of audio books that you can download for free!
Recently, Harvey has written on the U.S. stimulus package and the unlikelihood that the U.S. will remain a global hegomon in the future.