9. & 10. EcoTechnology

direct mini-link >> http://bit.ly/EcoTechnology


Full recording available to

students of the Academy

Technology is the application of science, so a good basic knowledge of science is essential if we are to design technologies of any kind.  And everything that transforms energy or matter from one form to another is a technology, so science and technology really are basic for life, and certainly for designers.   

M4.9 - In this first part we explore the relevance of space elevators to permaculture, then delve into the science of heat, flows, optics & materials in order to understand how to best design ovens, solar devices, heating & cooling technologies - with lots of examples

M4.10 -In this second part of exploring technology as the application of science, we delve into the basic science of fluids, of pathogens & of basic mechanics & vectors in order to become better designers of water systems, compost toilets & any built structures, large or small - with examples.

These classes are free for anyone to watch as we gifted them as part of the Re-Designing Eros Festival, 
"Love All Beings Section" in February 2013

Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story

In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk from TEDxAmsterdam, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.
(Great talk apart from some terrible examples toward the end for 'relocated technology')

"Anything useful that humans make" is Kelly's working definition of technology.

The two definitions of 'Technology' that we use in this Integral Permaculture course are

1) The application of science   
2) Anything that transforms matter / energy from one form to another 

So during these two last classes of Module 4 we focus on understanding some basic science so that we can actually understand how technology works so that we can design with it.

Symphony of Science - the Quantum World!

mp3: http://bit.ly/oRYyiV A musical investigation into the nature of atoms and subatomic particles, the jiggly things that make up everything we see. Featuring Morgan Freeman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Frank Close.

"The Quantum World" is the eleventh installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series. Materials used in the creation of this video are from:

http://symphonyofscience.com for downloads & more videos!

Richard Feynman - Fun to Imagine
BBC Visions of the Future - the Quantum Revolution
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Brian Cox TED Talk
BBC What Time is it
BBC Wonders of the Universe
BBC Horizon - What Is Reality

Special thanks to everybody who's donated to keep the project alive and to those who helped track down the materials used in this video.

*Please note that dark matter and dark energy are considered to make up a majority of the universe, in addition to the 12 particles and 4 forces.

A Look Inside the Atom

What does the inside of an atom look like? Here, we'll look at the subatomic particles ( protons, neutrons, and electrons) that make up the atom. We'll see how the electrons orbit the nucleus, and talk about the masses of protons, neutrons, and electrons in amu, or atomic mass unit.

Mathematics gives you Wings

October 23, 2010 - Professor Margot Gerritsen illustrates how mathematics and computer modeling influence the design of modern airplanes, yachts, trucks and cars. This lecture is offered as part of the Classes Without Quizzes series at Stanford's 2010 Reunion Homecoming.
Margot Gerritsen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, with expertise in mathematical and computational modeling of energy and fluid flow processes. She teaches courses in energy and the environment, computational mathematics and computing at Stanford University.
Stanford University:

Food Science

Video: Cut your Food in Half

a TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold

http://www.ted.com Cookbook author (and geek) Nathan Myhrvold talks about his magisterial work, "Modernist Cuisine" -- possibly the first cookery book that talks mainly about the chemistry & physics behind cooking food