My media week 02/05/10

Last week I did a piece about archaeology where I mentioned pseudoarchaeology. So I was amused to see a piece in The Daily Mail about an Evangelical Christian Archaeological group, Noah’s Ark Ministries International, who claim to have discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark. As befits this type of enterprise they announce it to the press without any kind of peer review.

I really enjoyed this video by Matt Ridley promoting his new book, The Rational Optimist. The video shows the amazing power of exchange and specialisation.

Readers of this blog will know that I am coser to Adam Smith than Karl Marx. But I like to listen to alternative views. This week at the RSA radical sociologist David Harvey gives his critique of capitalism. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet but on the website it claims he will “make the case for a social order that would allow us to live within a different type of system – one that really could be responsible, just, and humane.” I can’t wait to hear it.

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