Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
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21 October: The Zen of Running
21 November 2007
Dr Alan Latham – UCL Geography
In June 2007, soon after the election of the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, a debate broke out in the French media about their new president's jogging habit. “Western civilization” the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut claimed on national television “in its best sense, was born with the promenade. Walking is a sensitive, spiritual act.” In contrast “Jogging is management of the body. The jogger says I am in control. It has nothing to do with meditation.” In a similar vein the daily newspaper Libération wondered “Le jogging est-il de droite?” (Is jogging right wing?). And beneath a photograph of a muscular, shirtless, iPod wearing jogger it asked rhetorically, “Qui va croire que ce grand garçon vote LCR?” (Who believes that this big boy votes LCR?). Curiously, the emergence of jogging as a mass fitness activity in the 1960s and 1970s was closely associated with its ability to engender all sorts of new ways of thinking. This lecture explores this relationship between physical activity and thought.
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