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OpenLearn Live: 10th November 2015

Updated Tuesday 10th November 2015

The engineer who brought Cardiff to the heart of Canada; then more free learning through the day.

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Yesterday, we explored The Hunt, management skills and Cider With Rosie

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Today's posts

The Young protests

A new book argues that Neil Young has more relevance to the modern world than Bob Dylan. Could that be true?

Professor Halliwell commented on how Young’s strong activist voice weaves through these musical journeys: “One could argue that at 70 Young is more relevant to audiences than ever before. He keeps alive the possibility that music can make a difference by raising awareness of issues that often get submerged within a culture industry geared towards entertainment and consumption.

“Young is deliberately provocative about social causes because he believes that very few in the music industry are willing to speak out, pushing his listeners to think about their values on a range of subjects from environmentalism and agriculture to corporate advertising and new technologies.”

Read Keeping the spark of the 60s alive

Engineering photo awards

The University of Cambridge has just announced the winners of the 2015 Engineering Photo awards - and if you're thinking "what's that going to be? Photos of gears or something?" prepare to be amazed...

BBC Radio 4, 9pm, tonight: All In The Mind

Tonight's edition of All In The Mind is a special one - it's the launch of the annual All In The Mind Awards. Amongst those taking part are last year's winner, Pat Rose. The programme will be available on iPlayer from around 10pm tonight, and is repeated tomorrow at 3pm.

Find out more about All In The Mind

Computer therapy

The OU's Mathijs Lucassen considers if digital therapists could ever replace a physical presence. It's not such a new idea:

People can also be reluctant to try something that is perceived to be very new or untested.  However, self-help utilizing modern technology for mental health problems is not a new thing, in the past mediums such as cassette tapes and VHS/video have been used as means to deliver help for psychological issues. 

Read Can computers be therapists?

FutureLearn this week

Because yesterday we weren't as live as we usually are, we didn't bring the regular Monday round-up of new things to enjoy on FutureLearn. Let's put that right now - here's the courses which have started this week:

British engineers: Christian Galloway

We're celebrating what would have been the birthday of George Jennings by celebrating the lives of some notable British engineers. Yesterday, we started the week with Jennings himself.

Today, we're meeting C F J Galloway - Christian Francis John Galloway B.Sc. F.R.G.S., F.R.C.I.

Chilko Lake, Canada Creative commons image Icon Sam Beebe under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license Chilko Lake, British Columbia

Galloway was born in Llantrissant Dinas in 1880. The son of a mining engineer, Galloway would pursue this career himself - but first, like many of his generation, he had to learn his skills under fire. Galloway was with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers during the Boer War; he would return during the First World War.

Between his spells in the army, though, he qualified in mining engineering, and spent five years exploring British Columbia investigating coal reserves around Chilkot Lake and the Peace River Valley system. This wasn't an easy task - the area was still largely wild and mine surveying required packhorse, rock climbing and canoeing skills as much as an understanding of geology. Galloway and his companion Falconer were the first Europeans to scale some of the mountains in the region - he recognised his roots in naming one mountain Cardiff; the area became known as the Cardiff Mountain Ecological Reserve. Last year Canadian courts granted aboriginal title to the area's native Tsilhqot’in Nation.

Following the First World War, Galloway turned his attention to Borneo, carrying out extensive mining surveys of Sarawak.

Galloway wasn't just an engineer, though; he was also a writer, and his accounts of his time in Canada, The Call of the West, is recognised as one of the great works of Northern American exploration. In later life, he would also explore his skills as a poet, and an interest in social justice and economics would find an outlet in campaigns attacking "poverty amongst plenty" and promoting the idea of social credit.

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