"How do we know?: Letters to April" By Alan Macfarlane (2014).
Description of the book (Source: Amazon):
We often tend to believe that we can understand the world around us by just applying our eyes and ears to what is happening. In fact, our knowledge is filtered through many cultural and intellectual forces which shape our understanding. This short book looks at changing world views and paradigms over the last ten thousand years, from oral hunter gatherers to twenty-first century social media. It shows some of the effects of the Axial Age, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment and Evolutionism. This is done through a broad comparison of the East and the West.Alan Macfarlane "taught at the Department of Social Anthropology Cambridge University for thirty-four years and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge." (Source: www.alanmacfarlane.com).
Video Title: 'A World Without a World View: the condition of post-modernity.' Source: ayabaya. Date Published: April 15, 2014. Description:
A talk by Alan Macfarlane in March 2014, based on a chapter of 'How do we know? Letters to April' to be published in Beijing in May 2014. Filmed and edited by Ian Middleton, technical assistant Lily Blakely.
Video Title: 'The East and the West: reflections on China and Europe.' Source: ayabaya. Date Published: April 15, 2014. Description:
A lecture given at the University of Malta in April 2014 - the first 'Professor Sir Jack Goody Lecture', by Alan Macfarlane, filmed by Sarah Harrison