originally written in 1982 and filmed over a period of ten days in
I have used the
original scripts, written thirty years ago, but divided most of the
original lectures in half. I have also left out some bits, and added
a few reflections from the present. So they are perhaps three quarters
as they were delivered – but expanded somewhat. And there is
a new final lecture looking back and more widely at the whole series
and the new global paradigm.
Theoretical Systems in the Social Sciences: Nature and Origins
– 35 mins
Systems in Social Science: Anthropological Approaches –
Major Theoretical Systems: An Overview – 29 mins
Major Theoretical Systems: Structuralism and Causation –
Circular to Serial Time: The Renaissance 1400-1700 - 25 mins
From Circular to Serial Time: Some Causes of the Change - 55 mins
Enlightenment - 1: Nature and Causes - 35 mins
Enlightenment – 2: France and the Reversal – 25 mins
the Background – 38 mins
Some Features – 46 mins
Social Sciences – 52 mins
A Portrait – 50 mins
Social Sciences – 60 mins
Evolutionism 1930-1980 – 31 mins
on the Lectures: December 2012 - 54 mins
I started recording
using the externally attached rifle mike which I use for interviews.
For some reason, as I discovered after half a dozen had been recorded,
I was getting a low hum. I then moved to using a radio mike from lecture
9. This reduces the hum and gives a richer and more interesting recording.
But the earlier lectures, on listening carefully, are not too bad
and re-doing them might lose some of the original energy. So have
left them as they are.
I found that with
the radio mike it was very sensitive to hand-gestures, so I kept these
to a minimum after the first lecture.
For the first
eight I used natural light, sometimes supplemented with a little electric
light from above. For number 9, I tried using more artificial light
from two table lamps. I found this did not improve the picture, in
fact it seemed worse. So I reverted to mainly natural light with a
little from the lamp in the centre of the room.
Location and camera
the Chinese poem scroll in the Tea House, head and shoulders, sitting
in an easy chair. Using the 3CCD Sony I use for interviews.