Obey

 

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This is a film based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges.

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.

 

 

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

 

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Nick Broomfield’s documentary picks over the grisly bones of a serial-killer case that continues to haunt LA. In 2010, Lonnie Franklin Jr was charged with murdering 10 women over the previous quarter-century; he’d gained the nickname “Grim Sleeper” from the theory he had rested 14 years between killings, but Polaroids scattered around Franklin’s pad suggest other victims may simply have vanished into this impoverished, crack-scarred, deeply misogynist landscape.

Broomfield’s follow-ups with friends and neighbours reveal how normalised Franklin’s behaviour had become – one thought nothing of the “motor oil” he cleaned from Franklin’s carpets – yet their oversight pales against the LAPD’s institutionalised indifference: you gulp on learning Franklin was apprehended only via an evidentiary fluke. Tough viewing, but the film-maker’s commitment is unmistakable: even after being pulled over for driving without a seatbelt – a trademark Broomfield bumble – he still thinks to ask the cop what he knew of this tragically compelling episode.

by Mike McCahill

 

 

Can We Trust Russell Brand?

 

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Detail from a Chris Riddell illustration in Russell Brand’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Photograph: Chris Riddell

 

Can Russell Brand be trusted?

 

 

Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute) on Time Reborn

 

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Professor Lee Smolin of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, author and theoretical physcist, will talk about the evolution of laws in our universe.

What is time? Is our perception of time passing an illusion which hides a deeper, timeless reality? Or is it real, indeed, the most real aspect of our experience of the world? Perimeter Institute Faculty member Lee Smolin examines these and other timely questions from his book Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe during his 2013 Perimeter Institute Public Lecture.

Smolin’s new book, co-authored with Roberto Mangabeira Unger, is The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time.

 

Synthetic Biology – Inventing the Future

 

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The hottest new field in biotech is synthetic biology: Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, just like a computer program. Syn-bio experts (also known as bio-hackers) are re-programming the DNA in viruses and creating novel life forms that can replicate and grow just like natural single cell organisms.

Joining Robert Tercek in the discussion are Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk, and Dr. William Hurlbut, Physician and Consulting Professor at Stanford University.