This is Your Brain on Jazz Improvisation: The Neuroscience of Creativity

≡ Category: Biology, Jazz, Music, Neuroscience, Technology, TED Talks |1 Comment

It’s clear that amateur saxophonist and Johns Hopkins surgeon Charles Limb has an abiding interest in the neuroscience of creativity.
He’s also an unabashed fanboy. I’ll bet the spirit of scientific inquiry is not the only motivating factor behind this jazz fan’s experiments on jazz improvisers.


How Languages Evolve: Explained in a Winning TED-Ed Animation

≡ Category: Animation, Science, TED Talks, Video - Politics/Society |1 Comment

Language. It’s as adaptable as Darwin’s finches.
It’d be interesting to know how the Internet changes the game. Seems like it would go a long way toward democratizing the process by which lingo gets mingled.


1756 TED Talks Listed in a Neat Spreadsheet

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A quick update for TED heads. In early 2011 we mentioned that someone put together a handy online spreadsheet that lists 875 TED Talks, with handy links to each video. It’s worth mentioning the spreadsheet again because this evolving Google doc now lists 1756 talks.


Watch Six TED-Style Lectures from Top Harvard Profs Presented at Harvard Thinks Big 5

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Harvard has a few propositions it would like you consider. Take, for example, the one expounded on above by Robert Lue, whose titles include Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and the faculty director of HarvardX.


How to Build a Fictional World: Animated Video Explains What Makes Lord of the Rings & Other Fantasy Books Come Alive

≡ Category: Animation, K-12, Literature, TED Talks, Writing |Leave a Comment

Today, I was eavesdropping on a young couple in a cafe. The man asked the woman to recommend a book, something he wouldn’t be able to put down on a long, upcoming plane ride. The woman seemed stymied by this request. Exhausted, even. (A stroller in which a fairly newborn baby slumbered was parked next to them).


Benjamin Bratton Explains “What’s Wrong with TED Talks?” and Why They’re a “Recipe for Civilizational Disaster”

≡ Category: Science, TED Talks |16 Comments

TED Talks — they give your “discovery-seeking brain a little hit of dopamine;” make you “feel part of a curious, engaged, enlightened, and tech-savvy tribe;” almost giving you the sensation that you’re attending a “new Harvard.” That was the hype around TED Talks a few years ago.


The “Pursuit of Ignorance” Drives All Science: Watch Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein’s Engaging New TED Talk

≡ Category: Education, Philosophy, Science, TED Talks |1 Comment

Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, the chair of Columbia University’s Biological Sciences department, rejects  any metaphor that likens the goal of science to completing a puzzle, peeling an onion, or peeking beneath the surface to view an iceberg in its entirety.


Enter E.O. Wilson’s Encyclopedia of Life: Free Access to All The World’s Knowledge About Life

≡ Category: Education, Environment, Science, TED Talks |3 Comments

One of the treasures of our time, biologist E.O. Wilson, the folksy and brilliant author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books and the world’s leading authority on ants, is 84 years old and retired from his professorship at Harvard.


John Searle Makes A Forceful Case for Studying Consciousness, Where Everything Else Begins

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Consciousness is the single most important aspect of our lives, says philosopher John Searle. Why? “It’s a necessary condition on anything being important in our lives,” he says. “If you care about science, philosophy, music, art — whatever — it’s no good if you are a zombie or in a coma.


Ken Robinson Explains How to Escape the Death Valley of American Education

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Right now, you can find 1,520 TED Talks compiled into a neat online spreadsheet. That’s a lot of TED Talks. And the most popular one (in case you’re wondering) was delivered by Sir Ken Robinson in 2006.


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