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10 Who are the terrorists?

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An analysis of various types of mass hysteria, from medieval heretics, Jews and witches, through to McCarthy, child abuse and the War on Terror.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


11 Who is God?

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Various theories concerning the nature and functions of religion and a belief in God or gods, from an anthropological viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


12 Can we control the spiritual world?

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An analysis of the functions and nature of rituals, symbols, taboos and other constraints on human beings, from an anthropological and historical viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


13 How do we learn?

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An analysis of some of the ways in which humans increase their knowledge of the world through formal education and other means.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


14 Does information destroy knowledge?

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Some of the blocks to knowledge - from power, religion, social structure and too much information.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


15 How well does democracy work?

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The advantages and disadvantages of democracy as a form of government.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


16 Where does freedom come from?

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An analsysis of the roots of personal freedom, in particular the growth of Civil Society and the legal device of the Trust.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


17 What is bureaucracy for?

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A analysis of some of the functions of bureaucracy, and also of some of the strong tendencies for organizations to become over-bureaucratic.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


18 How do we get justice?

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A comparison of different legal systems, their structures and outcomes, particularly English Common Law and Japan.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


19 Why is there inequality?

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Different systems of inequality examined - caste, class, serfdom etc. and why there is a growing tendency towards inequality.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


1 Why write to you?

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Why write a series of letters trying to explain how the world works to a grand-daughter? An attempt to see how an outsider, perhaps a Martian anthropologist, would view the...

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


20 What makes us individuals?

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The meaning of individualism and theories of the causes for its development and some of its consequences.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


21 Why do many work so hard?

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Back-breaking manual work is the burden of most people in history - how did some of us escape from such a world?

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


22 What made our digital world?

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The development of communication technologies, especially writing, printing, film and computers and the effects of these revolutions.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


23 What are the limits to growth?

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The relation between population and resources, ecological and demographic problems and some reasons for fertility and mortality decline.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Thu 3 Jan 2013


24 Why do so many starve?

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Theories of the causes of famine in different societies, seen from an anthropological and historical viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Thu 3 Jan 2013


25 Why are we diseased?

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The nature of endemic and epidemic diseases around the world, and their changing patterns and causes.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Fri 4 Jan 2013


26 Why have children?

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Various reasons why as many children as possible are desirable in most societies, and the reasons for a recent change in fertility.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Fri 4 Jan 2013


27 What makes us feel good?

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An analysis of the pleasures and compulsion created by our five senses of smell, sight, touch, hearing and taste, and how they are combined in gardens and the love of children.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Thu 10 Jan 2013


28 What is sex?

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A comaparative analysis of sexual behaviour from intercourse to masturbation, by way of incest and adultery. Is sex mainly physical or mental?

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Thu 10 Jan 2013


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