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Alain de Botton on Art as Therapy

We often hear that art is meant to be very important; but we’re seldom told exactly why.

Founder of The School of Life Alain de Botton believes art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas:

Why is my work not more satisfying?
Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life?
How can I improve my relationships?
Why is politics so depressing?

In this secular sunday sermon he introduces a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life’s dilemmas.

www.alaindebotton.com

This secular sermon took place at Logan Hall at The Institute of Education on Sunday 27 October 2013.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?

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Forest Man

Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island.

To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC.

His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.

Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work.

Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.

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Tree of 40 Fruits

Nature + Art + Food + History

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Does money make you mean?

It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy.

Paul Piff studies how social hierarchy, inequality and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

After watching this video I have three reactions:

  • Wow.
  • Welcome to the original worldwide web.
  • Yes Virginia, a small change today can result in a large change tomorrow.

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Braving Iraq

In the 1990s, the Mesopotamian Marshes were virtually destroyed by Saddam Hussein in an attempt to eradicate the Marsh Arabs who lived there.

Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this “Garden of Eden” was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth.

But Azzam Alwash is making an extraordinary effort to return life to the green paradise he remembers from his childhood.

Follow filmmakers David Johnson and Stephen Foote as they chronicle Azzam’s efforts — and navigate the inherent dangers of working in a dangerous and politically volatile region.

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Chasing Ice

This is beautiful.

One man.

One dream.

One IMPOSSIBLE dream.

A team of people has been working to make his dream come true.

See their websites Chasing Ice and Extreme Ice Survey.

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Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

Sebastião Salgado tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world’s forgotten people and places.

Via ModelMayhem

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A new ecosystem for electric cars – Shai Agassi

Discover what Shai Agassi is doing with electric cars in Israel, Denmark, Australia, and San Francisco.

Hybrid cars are like mermaids.
When you want a fish you get a woman.
When you need a woman you get a fish.

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