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  • 06:55 Jordan Peterson’s guide to leadership

    Jordan Peterson’s guide to leadership

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    Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink I suppose this touches on the psychology of leadership too—which is a mess, by the way.

  • 06:07 Why early retirement comes with one big clause | Vicki Robin

    Why early retirement comes with one big clause | Vicki Robin

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    Here's why financial independence doesn't mean free time forever. - Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez coauthored Your Money or Your Life in 1992, a now-classic finance book about liberating yourself from debt, waking up to obsessive materialism, and learning

  • 03:25 How hands-on learning fires up your brain | Leland Melvin

    How hands-on learning fires up your brain | Leland Melvin

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    To strengthen your mind, work with your hands, says former astronaut Leland Melvin. - Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to mane

  • 04:10 The Big Bang wasn’t an explosion. Visualize it like this. | Michelle Thaller

    The Big Bang wasn’t an explosion. Visualize it like this. | Michelle Thaller

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    Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Alyssa, you have asked one of the best questions in all of astronomy, the Big Bang was

  • 01:20 David Eagleman: Your Time-Bending Brain (YouTube Geek Week!)

    David Eagleman: Your Time-Bending Brain (YouTube Geek Week!)

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    Neuroscientist David Eagleman explains how your brain perceives time (retrospectively). SUBSCRIBE to Big Think: http://goo.gl/cZlhxI Watch more YouTube Geek Week videos at http://youtube.com/geekweek Transcript-- So this is an area of interest to me and m

  • 05:05 Paul Root Wolpe: Kurzweil's Singularity Prediction is Wrong (YouTube Geek Week!)

    Paul Root Wolpe: Kurzweil's Singularity Prediction is Wrong (YouTube Geek Week!)

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    Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe argues that the Singularity envisioned by Ray Kurzweil isn't quite right. SUBSCRIBE to Big Think: http://goo.gl/cZlhxI Watch more YouTube Geek Week videos at http://youtube.com/geekweek Transcript-- Ray Kurzweil has argued that

  • 05:36 Jonathon Keats: The Honeybee Ballet (YouTube Geek Week!)

    Jonathon Keats: The Honeybee Ballet (YouTube Geek Week!)

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    Experimental Philosopher Jonathon Keats explains how he choreographed his Honeybee Ballet SUBSCRIBE to Big Think: http://goo.gl/cZlhxI Watch more YouTube Geek Week videos at http://youtube.com/geekweek Transcript - Several years ago I got to be very inter

  • 02:27 Lawrence Krauss: The Flavors of Nothing (YouTube Geek Week!)

    Lawrence Krauss: The Flavors of Nothing (YouTube Geek Week!)

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    Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the different types of nothing. Or something. SUBSCRIBE to Big Think: http://goo.gl/cZlhxI Watch more YouTube Geek Week videos at http://youtube.com/geekweek Krauss' latest book is "A Universe from Nothing" -

  • 04:45 Would You Kill Baby Hitler? (And Other Psychopathic Musings, with Kevin Dutton)

    Would You Kill Baby Hitler? (And Other Psychopathic Musings, with Kevin Dutton)

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    Psychologist and psychopath expert Kevin Dutton sets up thorny moral dilemmas and speculates on the psychopathic, utilitarian tendencies of politicians. Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/would-you-kill-baby-hitler-and-other-psych

  • 03:57 Neil deGrasse Tyson: The 3 Fears That Drive Us to Accomplish Extraordinary Things

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: The 3 Fears That Drive Us to Accomplish Extraordinary Things

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    Nobody wants to die. And not only that, people especially don't want to die poor. But if you have to die, and God forbid, die penniless, it's good to have lavished sufficient praise on a deity so you might be in his good favor in the afterlife. According

  • 07:14 The Seven Essential Life Skills, With Ellen Galinsky | Big Think Mentor

    The Seven Essential Life Skills, With Ellen Galinsky | Big Think Mentor

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    In The Seven Essential Life Skills, her workshop for Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/06gYu), author and educational leader Ellen Galinsky teaches thinking and interpersonal skills grounded in decades of psychological research and essential to thriving in

  • 02:41 Crazy Wisdom: Daniel Dennett on Reductio ad Absurdum

    Crazy Wisdom: Daniel Dennett on Reductio ad Absurdum

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    With his new book "Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking," (http://goo.gl/FtKWl) philosopher Daniel Dennett offers a kind of self-help book for deep thinkers -- a series of thought experiments designed as a workout for the deliberative mind. Here h

  • 02:48 Ramez Naam on Idea Sex and the Evolutionary Logic of Knowledge Transfer

    Ramez Naam on Idea Sex and the Evolutionary Logic of Knowledge Transfer

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    Why do certain ideas succeed? Ideas have to pass a kind of Darwinian fitness test, argues the computer scientist Ramez Naam, who is the author of "More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement." (http://goo.gl/7lBWl) It turns out the mo

  • 04:41 Hector Ruiz: The Evolution of Cognitive Computing

    Hector Ruiz: The Evolution of Cognitive Computing

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    At some point a child might touch a hot plate and his mother will say the word "hot." That word is then programmed in the child's brain. When someone says, "hot," the child knows to be careful. Eventually, when the child has accumulated enough knowledge h

  • 03:14 The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson | Big Think Mentor

    The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson | Big Think Mentor

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    In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/06gYu), creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In this introduction, he outlines the path to "finding your elem

  • 00:36 Neil deGrasse Tyson (Caught on Camera): The Universe is Trying to Kill You

    Neil deGrasse Tyson (Caught on Camera): The Universe is Trying to Kill You

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    http://goo.gl/kVXvR Astrophysicist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson is caught on camera waxing apocalyptic. The universe is trying to kill us, and so is Mother Earth. But there is still hope. Outsmart the Universe with the help of Big Think Men

  • 04:08 Dr. Andrew Weil: The Pursuit of Happiness | Big Think Mentor

    Dr. Andrew Weil: The Pursuit of Happiness | Big Think Mentor

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    In his Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/kVXvR) workshop on Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil teaches a program designed to protect and enhance emotional well-being through a holistic approach to retraining body, mind, and spirit. In this workshop, you

  • 03:55 Teddy Goff: Want to Get a President Elected? Don't Be Lame.

    Teddy Goff: Want to Get a President Elected? Don't Be Lame.

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    Before Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he first had to win the so-called "Carville primary" in 1991. The reward for winning this behind-the-scenes contest was the services of the hottest political consultant at the time, James Carville. "The e

  • 04:20 Lifestyle and Emotional Well-Being, with Dr. Andrew Weil | Big Think Mentor

    Lifestyle and Emotional Well-Being, with Dr. Andrew Weil | Big Think Mentor

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    Anxiety and depression are widespread in the first world, but virtually unknown in agrarian societies. Why are people in developed nations increasingly unhappy? In this introduction to his Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/kVXvR) workshop on Spontaneous Hap

  • 02:41 Francesca Gino: Don't Let Status Anxiety Cloud Your Judgment

    Francesca Gino: Don't Let Status Anxiety Cloud Your Judgment

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    How good are you at your job? How successful are you in your personal life? To answer those questions, being human, you look at others to evaluate yourself. It is a natural and obvious choice to compare yourself to your peers, friends and colleagues, but

  • 04:48 Laura Rittenhouse: A Modern Day Orwell on the FOG of Words

    Laura Rittenhouse: A Modern Day Orwell on the FOG of Words

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    "Good prose is like a windowpane," wrote George Orwell when he was evaluating his own body of work in 1946. When he had lacked a strong motive, Orwell observed, he produced "lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning,

  • 28:47 Big Think Mentor | "How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes", Google+ Hangout with Maria Konnikova

    Big Think Mentor | "How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes", Google+ Hangout with Maria Konnikova

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    In our first ever Big Think Mentor Hangout on Air, Maria Konnikova joins Big Think Editor Jason Gots and Big Think Mentor community member Sid Burgess to discuss thinking strategies learned from the Master Sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, including observation an

  • 02:41 Robert Steven Kaplan: The Importance of Building Strong Relationships

    Robert Steven Kaplan: The Importance of Building Strong Relationships

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    http://goo.gl/P2Yk1 Who gets to define success? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan argues in his new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, that success is not about meeting someone else's definitio

  • 01:05 Robert Steven Kaplan: Define Your Own Success

    Robert Steven Kaplan: Define Your Own Success

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    http://goo.gl/P2Yk1 Who gets to define success? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan argues in his new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, that success is not about meeting someone else's definitio

  • 02:53 Robert Steven Kaplan: The Value of the Failure Story

    Robert Steven Kaplan: The Value of the Failure Story

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    http://goo.gl/P2Yk1 Who gets to define success? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan argues in his new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, that success is not about meeting someone else's definitio

  • 02:22 Robert Steven Kaplan: Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses

    Robert Steven Kaplan: Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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    http://goo.gl/P2Yk1 Who gets to define success? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan argues in his new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, that success is not about meeting someone else's definitio

  • 06:48 Lee Smolin: Physics Envy and Economic Theory

    Lee Smolin: Physics Envy and Economic Theory

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    Economists were seduced by physics because it made their claims seem more scientific. Their belief was in the concept of equilibrium, in which it would be impossible to profit from trading around a circle of goods or a circle of currencies without actuall

  • 03:21 Robert Greene: Achieving Mastery | Big Think Mentor

    Robert Greene: Achieving Mastery | Big Think Mentor

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    In this clip Robert Greene introduces his 3-part Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/06gYu) workshop on Achieving Mastery. Sign up for a free 14-day trial of Big Think Mentor. It's $2.99 / month or $19.99 / year (USD). We are striving to make Mentor available

  • 04:17 John Hunter: Can 4th Graders Teach World Peace?

    John Hunter: Can 4th Graders Teach World Peace?

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    Fourth Graders seem to be able to do so much more than we give them credit for or even imagine they can. Transcript-- The World Peace Game is a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 foot Plexiglas towering structure. It's basically a geopolitical simulation that my group

  • 02:39 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective | Big Think Mentor

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective | Big Think Mentor

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    In this clip Neil deGrasse Tyson primes your neurons for his 3-part Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/06gYu) workshop on Inventing Your Future. Tyson, a theoretical physicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, uses his own life experience to teach how

  • 02:53 Frans de Waal: Morality Without Religion

    Frans de Waal: Morality Without Religion

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    A long tradition of thinking tells us that due to man's animal nature we need to have order imposed from above, in the form of religion. Without religion, we could not live together, and that is why all human societies believe in the supernatural and have

  • 03:17 Henry Alex Rubin: Is Technology Disconnecting Us?

    Henry Alex Rubin: Is Technology Disconnecting Us?

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    In the world of Henry-Alex Rubin's new feature film, Disconnect (http://youtu.be/aqCcQOlDM4o), the hunters have a distinct advantage over the hunted and their protectors. The bullies and thugs have technology on their side, and they use it in all sorts of

  • 02:33 Mary Roach: A Day in the Life of Your Gut

    Mary Roach: A Day in the Life of Your Gut

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    Life in the colon is probably pretty mundane, says science writer Mary Roach. Transcript-- A day in the life of the bacteria in your gut. They are on a different schedule from you because you're eating and it's taking a certain amount of time for the bact

  • 02:10 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

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    We spend the first year teaching children to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down. Transcript-- I'm often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bi

  • 03:21 Eric Siegel: You Are So Predictable

    Eric Siegel: You Are So Predictable

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    You have been predicted — by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, "I knew you were going to do that!" These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you're going to click, buy, lie, o

  • 02:35 Big Think Mentor: From Big Think to Big Action

    Big Think Mentor: From Big Think to Big Action

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    Big Think Mentor: http://goo.gl/Ejj1Y To meet a growing demand among our audience to see the world-class ideas on Big Think transformed into actionable tools to improve their lives, we created Big Think Mentor , which launches today as one of a handful of

  • 03:16 Alva Noë: The Puzzle of Perception

    Alva Noë: The Puzzle of Perception

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    We are conscious of both more and less than affects our nervous system says philosopher Alva Noë. Transcript -- Consider this. We are conscious of both more and less than affects our nervous system. Let me give you an example. I look at a tomato. It's sit

  • 03:44 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Don't Sit Around Waiting for a Sputnik Moment

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Don't Sit Around Waiting for a Sputnik Moment

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    In Space Chronicles, Neil deGrasse Tyson describes how the Soviet Union was a catalyst for the U.S. space program, and China might be considered a similar catalyst today (http://goo.gl/fzGtH). Transcript-- When the president, President Obama, mentioned th

  • 02:27 Adam Alter: Drunk Tank Pink

    Adam Alter: Drunk Tank Pink

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    "Drunk Tank Pink" is a shade of pink paint that psychologists used to use to paint the inside of jail cells. The prisoners that were put in there -- often the most dangerous and the most aggressive prisoners - showed much less aggressive or violent tenden

  • 02:52 Daniel Altman: It's Time to Abolish the Corporate Income Tax

    Daniel Altman: It's Time to Abolish the Corporate Income Tax

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    The tax on corporate profits is a terrible tax. Economists to this day don't know who pays it. And that means that we really don't know who's bearing the burden. Transcript-- The United States has one of the most complex tax systems in the world. It takes

  • 02:27 The Birth of Datafication

    The Birth of Datafication

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    Kenneth Cukier describes datafication, the fact that daily interactions of living things can be rendered into a data format and put to social use. Transcript -- Datafication refers to the fact that we're looking at more aspects of life that we never actua

  • 02:39 Richard Florida: Want Job Stability? Get Creative.

    Richard Florida: Want Job Stability? Get Creative.

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    More than ten years after the publication of his groundbreaking work of urban theory, "The Rise of the Creative Class," Richard Florida is sticking to his assertion that the rising creative class is an engine of economic and cultural growth. Transcript --

  • 04:59 Eric Kandel: Creativity, Your Brain, and the Aha! Moment

    Eric Kandel: Creativity, Your Brain, and the Aha! Moment

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    Dr. Eric Kandel describes the "aha phenomenon" and speculates on ways that humans and groups can think more creatively. Transcript-- Leonardo, for one, spent a fair amount of time dissecting human cadavers because he wanted to know how the various bones r

  • 05:33 Eric Kandel: How Your Brain Finishes Paintings

    Eric Kandel: How Your Brain Finishes Paintings

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    The idea that a painting is not complete until the viewer responds to it was conceived of by Alois Riegl. He determined that as art evolved, you see there's a conscious attempt on the part of the painter to paint people who look at you, who interact with

  • 04:09 Ellen Galinsky: Marissa Mayer and Yahoo's Management Issue

    Ellen Galinsky: Marissa Mayer and Yahoo's Management Issue

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    If Yahoo employees are not being as productive as they should be, that is a management issue, not a problem inherent with felxible work schedules. Transcript - I wrote a blog when the Marissa Mayer decision came out that she - that "all hands back on deck

  • 02:50 Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Live in a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Live in a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: I'm almost embarrassed for my species that you can be so blind to everything experts have been telling you and you got to wait for people to almost die to say, "Oh, I guess they are out there. Let's find legislation to help find them

  • 04:57 Charles Murray: Are You a Snob? Take the Test.

    Charles Murray: Are You a Snob? Take the Test.

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    American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray has designed a quiz he hopes will have "a salutary effect on bringing to people's attention the degree to which they live in a bubble that seals them off from an awful lot of their fellow American citiz

  • 02:42 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Has the Future Arrived?

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Has the Future Arrived?

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    American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he would like to go to space himself, or at the very least help others get there, but he's content living vicariously through the robots for now.

  • 02:53 Maria Konnikova: Sherlock Holmes Could Have Invented Google

    Maria Konnikova: Sherlock Holmes Could Have Invented Google

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    In this video, Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, explains how you can think of Google as "this vastly expanded Holmesian filing system." Ask yourself: What are the things that you want to remember? Then focus on rem

  • 04:19 Ray Kurzweil: Your Brain in the Cloud

    Ray Kurzweil: Your Brain in the Cloud

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    According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we are going to create synthetic neocortexes in order to extend the power of our own neocortex. Transcript -- Sometimes people think that emotion and art are sort of sideshows to human intelligence and the real essence

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