The Birth of Sociology
Episode 22 of Redefining Reality

The Birth of Sociology
Show More

Related videos

Competition and Cooperation
Episode 23 of Redefining Reality
In the early 20th century, one of the most popular words in book titles was "crisis," reflecting a widespread anxiety about a rapidly changing world. Study contrasting assessments of the stability of society from sociologists Max Weber, Pyotr Kropotkin, and Ferdinand Tonnies, as well as the influential analysis by industrialist…
Race and Reality
Episode 24 of Redefining Reality
What differences between groups are real, and what differences are as arbitrary as a political boundary? Address this question regarding race, which less than a century ago was considered firmly rooted in biological reality. Trace the evidence that led this view to be conclusively overthrown.
Social Progress
Episode 25 of Redefining Reality
Continue your investigation of social reality by looking at the concept of progress. Social optimists and pessimists alike believe that society is progressing, but they see different causes. Evaluate their theories, and explore the idea that Western culture is doomed to collapse under its own weight.
The Reality of Money
Episode 26 of Redefining Reality
For all of its abstractness, money is a powerfully real phenomenon. Delve into the intricate events that unfold as money, goods, and services are exchanged in the economy. Examine how the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and the results of modern psychological research challenge the two primary assumptions of classical…
The Future of Work and Death - The Impact of Technological Advances on Human Life
'What is humanity?' In this revealing documentary, world experts in the fields of Futurology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life; Work and Death. Charting human developments from Homo Habilis, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond,…
No Dinosaurs in Heaven
The documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These…
Edens Lost and Found Complete Collection
For the first time in American history, more people (80 percent) are living in cities than in rural areas. Though people move to urban areas for better job prospects and a better life, this demographic shift inevitably places an enormous strain on natural resources, such as air, water, and energy…
Edens Lost and Found: Chicago
Edens Lost and Found highlights what communities all across the country are doing to revive their ecosystems and, as a result, improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the reltionship between ordinary citzens, environmental groups,…
Edens Lost and Found: Philadelphia
Edens Lost and Found highlights what communities all across the country are doing to revive their ecosystems and, as a result, improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the reltionship between ordinary citzens, environmental groups,…
Edens Lost and Found: Seattle
Edens Lost and Found highlights what communities all across the country are doing to revive their ecosystems and, as a result, improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the reltionship between ordinary citzens, environmental groups,…
Edens Lost and Found: Los Angeles
Edens Lost and Found highlights what communities all across the country are doing to revive their ecosystems and, as a result, improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the reltionship between ordinary citzens, environmental groups,…
Cracking the Colour Code
Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn? And why does red play so powerful a role in so many cultures? Is colour real, or is it just a construct of our brains? Taking the globe as its canvas, and drawing on science, history, art and…