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Weekend Watching : James Burke's "Connections"

I loved this series, and since it's now on youtube, thought I'd share. It's absolutely fascinating the way the host details how one invention, led to another, and to another, etc...I think it parallels how libertarians feel about unleashing the creativity of the individual, and the power that comes from allowing that to occur.

From wiki -
Connections explores an "Alternative View of Change" (the subtitle of the series) that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress. Burke contends that one cannot consider the development of any particular piece of the modern world in isolation. Rather, the entire gestalt of the modern world is the result of a web of interconnected events, each one consisting of a person or group acting for reasons of their own (e.g., profit, curiosity, religious) motivations with no concept of the final, modern result of what either their or their contemporaries' actions finally led to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcSxL8GUn-g

or the whole playlist - http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79184D14F872B80D



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It's a book, too

We used Burke's book from the Connections series as one of our textbooks in a course on the History of Science.

Good stuff!

I used to LOVE this show!

Bump for cool stuff.

It is a classic

I don't advocate watching much television, but I believe that if one watches this series, it can actually make you smarter ;-)

It at least makes you aware of the potential humans have to create a new world for themselves.

I also like how it demonstrates just how dependent we are on technology. And with the solar flare/ EMP "threat" now the new modern worry, the series opener, (the link I posted) was WAY ahead of it's time!

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

One bump for Sunday watchers,

One bump for Sunday watchers, and feedback. I love this series!

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

another bump

DPers were born to enjoy this series, especially the first one called Triggers. Gold, technology, trade, world domination, it's all in there.