Enlightening Lectures: Neil Postman – The Surrender of Culture to Technology

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A lecture delivered by Neil Postman on Mar. 11, 1997 in the Arts Center. Based on the author’s book of the same title. Neil Postman notes the dependence of Americans on technological advances for their own security. Americans have come to expect technological innovations to solve the larger problems of mankind. Technology itself has become a national “religion” which people take on faith as the solution to their problems. Includes questions from the audience.

Enlightening Talk: Male Solitude – The Dark Passenger

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Men are human too and have feelings. Men deserve every respect and support just as much as women get when going through physical or mental issues. Men are not all Superman. The following video offers words of wisdom on men’s feelings of loneliness when confronted with depression or health problems, which can then tragically descend into the dark depths of suicide.

Listen, learn and change your attitude towards the male population…we need help too.

Educational Interviews: Neil Postman – Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?

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Neil Postman examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse–in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere–into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge.

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Enlightening Talks: 12 Virtues of Aristotle – Benchmarks For Masculinity

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Aristotle conceives of ethical theory as a field distinct from the theoretical sciences. Its methodology must match its subject matter—good action—and must respect the fact that in this field many generalizations hold only for the most part. We study ethics in order to improve our lives, and therefore its principal concern is the nature of human well-being. Aristotle follows Socrates and Plato in taking the virtues to be central to a well-lived life. Like Plato, he regards the ethical virtues (justice, courage, temperance and so on) as complex rational, emotional and social skills. But he rejects Plato’s idea that a training in the sciences and metaphysics is a necessary prerequisite for a full understanding of our good. What we need, in order to live well, is a proper appreciation of the way in which such goods as friendship, pleasure, virtue, honor and wealth fit together as a whole. In order to apply that general understanding to particular cases, we must acquire, through proper upbringing and habits, the ability to see, on each occasion, which course of action is best supported by reasons. Therefore practical wisdom, as he conceives it, cannot be acquired solely by learning general rules. We must also acquire, through practice, those deliberative, emotional, and social skills that enable us to put our general understanding of well-being into practice in ways that are suitable to each occasion.

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