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Published on Sep 30, 2011
Here is Ivan Illich, speaking in 1984 at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. His topic: the history of water and of the senses. The following year, the Institute published his book 'H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness.' It is still in print and a must for anyone interested in the senses, in water, in the history of sewers and smells, and in the "historicity of 'stuff'," as Illich puts it. This is an excerpt of an hour-long video of Illich's complete talk and the following Q&A. That video is now available for downloading, in two parts, from the Internet Archive; it is well worth the effort: