Thanks to John Naughton I have just stumbled upon a site which appears to list every public or semi-public talk being given in or around Cambridge University. It is a glorious searchable toyshop of interesting ideas and almost the best thing about it is that each talk is accompanied by a sidebar listing others that seem almost entirely random. So I went from
- What the Media are doing to our politics (where I will be this evening) to
- What is meaning, does it reside in the brain, and, if yes, where? via
- Saving equality from the dustbin of history: a refutation of the ‘meritocracy thesis’ from The Bell Curve (The lecturer is Flynn of That Effect) and
- Animals in medical experiments in the Middle Ages which led to
- What goes wrong when speakers stutter? and, tomorrow —
- Why People Go to War by Robert Hinde, who is a very thoughtful biologist.
And a whole lot of other stuff I have already forgotten. See? It’s like Google, but with real learning at the end of it.