PLATO ON: The Forms

Asking one’s self and others what the perfect version of something is the ideal version might sound like a strange idea What is the perfect marriage? or career? or system of government? or school? It can feel immature and naïve to bother much with such questions they’re just daydreams. After all: who cares about ideal versions? we might as well…

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Brain Foods for Brain Health – Boost Brain Health with Good Eats

Alright i love the crowd already. You’re great. And the difference between you and the students is they’re 18 to 22 year-olds. You can figure out what makes you different after that but i don’t think we’re a whole lot different. Ok so what I want to start all of us thinking about is brain health and I want to…

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RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Our motivations are unbelievably interesting. I’ve been working on this for a few years and I find the topic still amazingly engaging and interesting, so I want to tell you about that. The science is really surprising. It’s a little bit freaky! We are not as endlessly manipulable and as predictable as you would think. There’s a whole set of…

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Eugenics: A Historical Perspective – CSHL public lecture

Thank you thank you very much good afternoon we’re gonna have a good time together no slides dialog with the audience and I’m gonna begin by asking you to reflect on a question or two should your you get bored with me and your minds wander a little so the question is what role should society have in trying to…

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SOCIOLOGY – Max Weber

Max Weber is one of the philosophers best able to explain to us the peculiar economic system we live within called capitalism. Born Erfurt in Germany in 1864, Weber grew up to see his country convulsed by the dramatic changes of the Industrial Revolution. Cities were exploding in size. Vast companies were forming. A new managerial elite was replacing the…

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Alain de Botton on Love

so I wonder if anyone here is happily married anyone here happily married unbelievable I mean it truly is unbelievable when looked at in the context of world history because the notion that we would be not only married but happily married is only roughly dates back to around the middle of the 18th century until then you tolerated your…

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Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different – with Philip Ball

We like to start here very often. I don’t know whether to reassure you or to disconcert you. But this is one of the most popular sayings about quantum mechanics from Richard Feynman, who said, I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics. Now he said this in 1965, and that was the year that he shared…

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Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

There are 196 countries in the world. 25 of them are very rich, defined as having an average wealth per person of over $100,000 a year. They are: But far more countries are quite poor, and some – which we’re considering here – are very very poor. These are the 20 poorest countries in the world: where the per capital…

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The Banach–Tarski Paradox

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. There’s a famous way to seemingly create chocolate out of nothing. Maybe you’ve seen it before. This chocolate bar is 4 squares by 8 squares, but if you cut it like this and then like this and finally like this you can rearrange the pieces like so and wind up with the same 4 by 8…

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Managing mental health and Parkinson's

Wait absorb surroundings Ninja focus Lower your heart rate, control your breathing Proceed Go on Teal! If you're having a bad day there's quite a good phrase I use if you're in a place like this It's an abbreviation called WASP W-A-S-P You can wait absorb your surroundings and then proceed and it gives you time just to step back…

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