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Here are some previous Think Tank programs that may be of interest.
Great Scots! (aired 10/2/2003)
Only three centuries ago, Scotland was a primitive country, still the scene of barbaric wars, torture, and witch trials. But not long after, Scottish philosophers created a common sense approach to the study of political economy - one whose reverberations can still be felt around the globe today. Just what did the Scottish Enlightenment contribute to America, and to the world?
In the Wake of the Plague: the Black Death and the World it Made (aired 3/20/2003)
The plague that struck Europe in the middle of the 14th century, known as
the Black Death, wiped out nearly two-fifths of the continent’s population
in the span of only a few years. But according to a recent book by Norman
Cantor, "In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & the World it Made,"
the plague also forged a new world, one more individualistic and inclined to
doubt the old certainties. Think Tank talks to Prof. Cantor about the
Middle Ages and about how the plague changed the western world forever.
Does History Have A Purpose? (aired 12/13/2001)
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg talks with author Robert Wright about his recently published “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny.” Many have argued that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests human history is aimless. However, in his new book, Wright examines the world, past, present, and future, through the lens of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. He concludes that evolution does indeed reveal a direction to our history. Does that direction suggest there is purpose and meaning in the universe? Does it prove the existence of God?
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