More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. That's the sub title to the book, Spirit Level. The Equality Trust is trying to get the amazing idea out there. (inspired by gizmag)
The human brain makes a pretty good router. In the video, a person thinks 1 or 0 by imagining arm movements. An EGG picks up a streams of 1's and 0's. Sends that over the internet. A light flashes on another computer. EGG reads the light flashes in a second person's brain. The computer then recreates the original pattern of 1's and 0's. (via gizmag)
You might think that people that are incredibly good at something (music, chess or whatever) are just unique. They are not. Geniuses just work longer at it. Anyone can do it. You can do it.Bonus: My Brilliant Mind part 1/5
Trailer for a documentary about Ray Kurzweil called Transcendent Man. Ray is... strange. Depending on who you talk to, he is either a genius or a mad man.Bonus: VOA story about the film TFF on the film
The tag line for Ig Nobel Prizes, a parody of the Nobel Prize is "First Laugh, Then Think." The prize goes to unusual but important scientific research. Like MRI imaging of sex.
Bruce Lipton questions the orthodox of DNA. His observations on the focus and direction of science might surprise you. What would a world without Darwin and Newton look like? In part 2, which is in the full post, Bruce Lipton gives an amazing overview of what the effects of subconscious thinking are. Watch this video. It can make a big difference in your life.Part 2
Darpa funded the research that created internet and the computer mouse. Now, they are funding research into something called "cortically coupled computer vision". When you see something funny or interesting, a computer can recognize that pattern in a brain scan. So, if a computer knows what you are looking at, it can "tag" it as interesting or funny or whatever. Imagine: everything interesting you saw on the internet bookmarked without doing a thing. The video above is the last part of a History Channel show about the brain which includes the Darpa research. Watch the entire episode in the full post.The entire show from the start
Norman Borlaug has died (September 12, 2009). Lines like he "saved more lives than any man in human history" are thrown around about this guy. He is one of only five people to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. The other four are Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Elie Wiesel. Not bad company.
As a cutting-edge video artist, Lincoln Schatz is familiar with the different ways in which we perceive the world. In this video he is wondering what the world would be like if we had a device that would allow us to see the world through someone else's mind, literally. So how do you view a city if you have the brain of, say, Rem Koolhaas?Bonus: Interview with Lincoln Schatz about his CUBE Portraits project
Wow! This is incredible. I had heard about several 3D prototyping techniques, but to actually make organs out of human cells is totally new to me. This video shows you how it works.
A little story about delayed gratification. Children are seated in a closed room were they get a plate with a marshmallow or another kind of sweet treat. The adult that gave them the treat then leaves the room for...
We, man, have created some cool stuff. Planes, rockets, nuclear weapons, iPhones, etc. But nothing really compares to domesticated animals. Man created animals? Yes! Think about it. The standard poodle is not a natural thing. That was all our doing.Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Brain scientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn talks to many people about God in the film Closer to the Truth. The video above is the trailer for the PBS series. The website has many more videos on related topics like the cosmos and consciousness. I like, very much, that the videos focus on the questions more than what people think are the right answers.
Some things are universal. Like music. Want to see that universality in action? Bobby McFerrin does something amazing on stage at the World Science Festival 2009. The audience did not practice or even know what the pentatonic scale is but they performed it and so do all of Bobby's audiences, all around the world.
Video that includes the talk "Maximizing creativity with brain wave training" from Global HR Forum 2009. The talk starts at about 3 minutes into the video, is the only english in the video and ends after 30 minutes. Admittedly, the talk is a little slow and technical but if you want to hear about the raw research that says meditation, biofeedback, etc helps creativity without the filters, this is the best way.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of that other famous Moonwalk, the lunar landing (20th of juli 1969) we could celebrate the creativity of the people that made the first real Moonwalk possible. But let's give it a Fresh-Creation spin and celebrate the creativity of conspiracy theorists and their counterparts; "mad scientists", like Jamie & Adam and their Mythbusters team. Here's some great footage of the Mythbusters doing their thing to bust the fake moon landing myth. Funky flag Fancy footwork Picture imperfect Shady snapshots
Manhattan Island was discovered in 1609 by explorer Henry Hudson. The Mannahatta Project seeks to find out what he saw when he got there. The Mannahatta website has a Google Maps mashup that allows you to see how the landscape has changed down to the street level.
Birdscapes is a pop book with a cool twist: stereo sound. Natural sound landscapes are often ignored but they are unique and rich.Bonus video: Western Soundscape Archive.
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