- Hadrian’s Wall from BBC 4’s In Our Time. I listened to this after a post about it from isomorphismes (can’t seem to relocate the specific post). History is not my favorite topic, so I found this a little slow. Hadrian’s Wall is a wall in Northern England built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. One of the most interesting tidbits for me was about some tablets unearthed there revealing some of the day-to-day of maintaining an army and an empire in 100AD (grocery lists, personal letters, etc).
- The latest episode of 99% Invisible, although this is the off season, so this episode Roman Mars presented some material from other podcasts he’s a fan of (and said thanks to his many many kickstarter supporters). The best bit for me: an Irish program explaining why we call levels of Buildings “stories” (and yes, it is related to stories as in narratives).
- A talk by Daniel Dennett on the Personal/Subpersonal distinction from the Backdoor Broadcasting Co. It’s fun hearing Mr Dennett speak, and this talk was no exception. Though, I don’t think I can clip any soundbites… it was too spread out and not very self-contained in any bits. For those interested though, I recommend the whole thing. It includes comparing an elevator operator with an elevator operating algorithm to see where the “person” comes into it. It also includes a comparison of persons and subpersons to computer code and it’s commenting by the programmer. I might create a post on this topic in order to argue against this metaphor, which I found uncharacteristically shallow.
That’s all for today. For general info on What I’m Listening To, click here. Happy listening.