The Patten Lecture Series

Recent Submissions

  • Scott, James (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2016-03-10)
    “Zomia,” the designation invented by Willem van Schendel for that portion of upland Southeast Asia that has, until recently, evaded incorporation into nation states and empires, could be, metaphorically, extended to other ...
  • Scott, James (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2016-03-08)
    If we want to know where we are headed as a species, it helps to know how we got here in the first place. Our current situation is entirely novel in a long historical view. For 95% of our existence on earth we were foragers ...
  • Folbre, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-11-12)
    In “The Political Economy of Patriarchal Systems”, Folbre examines feminist efforts to theorize the emergence and evolution of gender inequality no longer invoke some abstract, a-historical “patriarchy.” Rather, they explore ...
  • Folbre, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-11-10)
    In “Monsters of the Economic: Inequality, Fear, and Loathing in America”, Folbre examines the trend toward extreme income inequality within the U.S. and the global economy as a whole is clear. But the numbers don’t reveal ...
  • Oreskes, Naomi (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-03-11)
    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. In particular, American scientists, dating back to Roger Revelle ...
  • Oreskes, Naomi (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2015-03-09)
    Scientists working on climate change and other environmental issues often speak of the risk of “crying wolf,” concerned about losing credibility if the threats they are documenting do not turn out to be as serious as current ...
  • Searle, John (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-09-11)
    The distinctive features of human civilization, as opposed to animal societies, are such things as money, property, marriage, government, etc. These are created and partly constituted by linguistic representations. For ...
  • Searle, John (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-09-09)
    A main intellectual scandal today is that we do not have, in philosophy or neurobiology, a generally accepted account of consciousness. In this lecture, John Searle will offer the philosophical core of such an account, ...
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-03-27)
    Whom to marry? How to invest? Whom to trust? Complex problems require complex solutions – so we might think. And if the solution doesn’t work, we make it more complex. That recipe is perfect for a world of known risks, but ...
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2014-03-25)
    In modern high-tech health care, patients appear to be the stumbling block: an uninformed, anxious, noncompliant folk with unhealthy lifestyles who demand treatments advertised by celebrities, insist on unnecessary but ...
  • Bialek, William (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-10-30)
    Experiments have uncovered many of the mechanisms at work in the machinery of life, but there still is no theoretical framework that ties these discoveries together. A hint about how to construct such a theory comes from ...
  • Bialek, William (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-10-28)
    To a remarkable extent, our understanding of the natural world is built from a small set of very deep ideas. I’ll try to give some sense for the nature of these ideas, for their power and scope. I will also try to explain ...
  • Hrdy, Sarah (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-04-04)
    Compared to other mammals, human offspring are slow-maturing and outrageously costly to rear, yet men's motivation to care for children is highly variable. Some fathers will do anything to remain nearby and care for their ...
  • Hrdy, Sarah (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2013-04-02)
    Humans are remarkably similar to other apes. Like us, chimpanzees and orangutans are extremely clever, use tools and exhibit rudimentary understanding of causality and what others intend. However, other apes are not nearly ...
  • Hill, Charles (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2012-03-08)
    The Founders designed a polity almost fated to become a world power. Tocqueville's sense of democracy as a force of history was accompanied by his conclusion that democracies are "decidedly inferior" in the conduct of ...
  • Hill, Charles (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2012-03-06)
    From Homer's Iliad to Milton's Paradise Lost to the Russian novel and contemporary global literature, major works, read from the angle of the practice of statecraft, offer insights on leadership, substance, and the structure ...
  • Jackendoff, Ray (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-11-10)
    This talk, based on Jackendoff's forthcoming book A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning, explores the experience of thought as inner speech, the Joycean stream of consciousness. The paradox is that thinking cannot be ...
  • Jackendoff, Ray (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-11-08)
    Eleven-year-old children have a pretty good idea of how baseball works. Yet, as Ray Jackendoff will show, the concepts involved in baseball are remarkably complex and subtle. So the question is: What cognitive resources ...
  • Fraser, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-01-27)
    In this lecture, Fraser will examine Polanyi's conception of the double movement. Seeking to expand his idea of a two-sided conflict between partisans of deregulated markets and proponents of social protection, she will ...
  • Fraser, Nancy (Indiana University William T. Patten Foundation, 2011-01-25)
    The thought of Karl Polanyi can shed some much-needed critical light on the present crisis of neoliberalism. His 1944 book, The Great Transformation, traced a previous crisis of capitalism to efforts to commodify land, ...

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