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By: David | July 22, 2017

How to Control Your Rage, With Buddhist and Michelin Star Chef Eric Ripert
Eric Ripert

How to Control Your Rage, With Buddhist and Michelin Star Chef Eric Ripert — So, probably the last place that you think about hope and optimism existing is in prison, but in the last ten years of working there I've come to realize that all humans possess these things—they just need a little coaxing sometimes.

In June 2006 The Actors' Gang Theater Company started an experiment: we decided to take the Sunday night workshop we do with our whole company into prison to work with non-actors, to see what kind of effect our style of theater would have on them.

So the style of theater we work in is a really bastardized version of the Italian tradition of Commedia Dell’Arte. It's masks, white-face, high emotional, physical work, so we call it the ...

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By: David | July 22, 2017

Do Humans Have Free Will, Or Are We Programmed By Society? | Joscha Bach
Joscha Bach

Do Humans Have Free Will, Or Are We Programmed By Society? | Joscha Bach — For many years, Joscha Bach could not understand why humans flock so strongly towards religion and ideology. 


Having grown up in communist East Germany and seeing the people around him buy into nationalistic narratives—that were to him obviously untruthful—made no sense. It was only when the wall came down that he came to understand that people everywhere are buying into various false narratives—as of 2015, 34% of Americans still reject evolution completely. The drive to believe whatever instructions come from above you is not a cognitive error, Bach realized then, but an evolutionary feature—as powerful as it is problematic. The ability for large groups o...

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By: David | July 22, 2017

Andrew McAfee — Job Automation. Are Writers, Artists, and Musicians Replaceable?
Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee — Job Automation. Are Writers, Artists, and Musicians Replaceable? — You're probably reading this from either a smartphone or a laptop. It's no small secret that the device you're looking at can create works of art... if you put your mind to it. 


But therein lies the point that Andrew McAfee makes in this video: you need to put your own creativity into the computer for it to work. Interestingly enough, computers are pretty adept at creating architecture and music. This is largely because what is pleasing to the quote-unquote "Western aesthetic mind" is easy to replicate. Music follows a formula, as does pleasing architecture and design. But when AI tries to replicate the human condition, or relate in any w...

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By: David | July 22, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Teach Science? Leverage the Power of Pop Culture
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Teach Science? Leverage the Power of Pop Culture — Pop culture is a great way to frame new information. And a teacher like Neil can make a huge difference. 


Why spend hours explaining something in great detail when you can simply use what they already know? Pop culture is a great scaffold to build and hang information off of argues Neil deGrasse Tyson. For example: you need to understand basic laws of gravity in order to play Angry Birds, so why spend hours explaining Newton's Law when you can just fling a red bird at a pig? In this video, Neil uses a great anecdote about watching a football game and realizing that physics and science play a huge part in it whether the audience knows it or not.


I guess I...

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By: David | July 22, 2017

Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR | Jordan Greenhall
Jordan Greenhall

Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR | Jordan Greenhall — "The line between what it means to be dreaming and what it means to be awake is going to become very interesting," says Jordan Greenhall, CEO of Neurohacker. 


Virtual reality is perhaps the easiest way to conceive of that concept right now, but it's just one piece in a much larger body of accelerated technology on the horizon. Our sense of reality, how our self fits into our perception of the world, can be easily shaken through sensory input manipulation—and in very low-tech and low-quality ways. So image what a sophisticated approach will bring. VR and its relatives will be able to hack our mind in ways we will be help...

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By: David | July 15, 2017

Lawrence Krauss on How to Develop Your Critical Thinking Skills
Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss on How to Develop Your Critical Thinking Skills — Strange answers aren’t inherently wrong, and satisfying answers aren’t inherently right, says Lawrence Krauss in this critical thinking crash course. 


The astrophysicist explains how principles of scientific skepticism can be applied beyond the laboratory; it can be a filter for the nonsense and misinformation we encounter each and every day. Here, he establishes a handful of core questions that critical thinkers ask themselves, which can be used to challenge your misconceptions and sense of comfort, question inconsistency, and think past your brain's evolved biases. Piece by piece, you can systematically remove nonsense from your life. Lawrence Krauss' most recent...

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By: David | July 15, 2017

What Hope Actually Meant to Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama. Andre C. Willis
Andre C. Willis

What Hope Actually Meant to Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama. Andre C. Willis — Here's an exercise: If there's someone near you right now, ask them to define hope. Quickly. 


What did they say: was it motivational? Did it deal with future ambition, expectation, and desire? Historically, hope has not always had such sugary connotations, and at one point—not so long ago, actually—it was more about confronting suffering in the present than mentally projecting yourself forward to a time where you have overcome your suffering. Drawing from an 1886 painting by George Frederic Watts called 'Hope', which inspired Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1959 sermon 'Shattered Dreams', Andre C. Willis presents a view of deep hope, a method of fac...

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By: David | July 15, 2017

Questions about Sex That Women and Men Google the Most | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Questions about Sex That Women and Men Google the Most | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz — Sex is a touchy subject. What people say about their sex lives—what they "self-report"—can bear little relation to the truth of the matter. 


Men famously inflate their number of sexual encounters while women, in a telling double standard, reduce their number of partners. So how can we strip away the social status that clings to our conversations about sex? Anonymous Google searches! Here, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz reveals what people tell Google in the privacy and anonymity of their online searches. Many of the truism we hold about sex are seemingly overturned in revealing and humorous style. 


There are a couple of things that Google s...

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By: David | July 15, 2017

How Your Brain Is Getting Hacked: Facebook, Tinder, Slot Machines | Tristan Harris
Tristan Harris

How Your Brain Is Getting Hacked: Facebook, Tinder, Slot Machines | Tristan Harris — Casinos, magicians, and the makers of social media platforms all know something about you: your mind is very vulnerable to influence. 


Just as the magician relies on limitations in your short term memory or visual acuity to accomplish sleight of hand, online software engineers leverage the limits of your mind to make their product addictive. From the sonorous ping of mobile phones to Facebook's highly nuanced algorithm, product makers understand that frequent reward is what keeps you coming back. And just like slot machines, the easier those rewards are to access, the more frequently we'll want them.

One thing we don't talk about is that—it's sort ...

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By: David | July 15, 2017

The True Value of Coding: It Teaches You to Think Differently | Gene Luen-Yang
Gene Luen-Yang

The True Value of Coding: It Teaches You to Think Differently | Gene Luen-Yang — As a high school teacher for 17 years, Gene Luen-Yang experienced the highs and lows of teaching computer science. Initially offered as a standalone course at Bishop O’Dowd High School, where Luen-Yang taught, faculty came to believe that computer science was so essential that it be integrated into every subject. 


Still, interest in learning coding among students varied with market fortunes. When the dotcom bubble burst in the late 1990s, fewer students wanted to learn the zen of programming languages. That's a shame, says Luen-Yang, because more than an employable skill, coding is a gateway to using logic to solve large problems creatively.


I was a hi...

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