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How Pakistan's Violence Against Women Center is fighting a deadly cultural norm | Hafsa Lak

Views: 5,289 20 hours ago
Approximately 5000 women die at the hands of domestic violence in Pakistan each year, and thousands more are maimed or disabled. In the socially conse...

How the Billboard Hot 100 explains the rise of Donald Trump | Derek Thompson

Views: 14,818 2 days ago
As soon as Derek Thompson's book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction came out, he started fielding one particular question ...

Political Extremism in America: Don’t blame Russia, blame Facebook and Twitter | Niall Ferguson

Views: 17,069 3 days ago
"I think the Facebook and Twitter have been configured to incentivize the expression and sharing of extreme opinions. It isn't just fake news that we ...

Loneliness kills: How to fight depression with social support | Johann Hari

Views: 13,296 4 days ago
Thanks in no small part to the digitization of our social lives, depression is becoming a bigger and bigger issue in western societies. In the space o...

How we'll find humanity's next home planet | Michio Kaku

Views: 17,710 5 days ago
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku doesn't just hope that humanity finds its way onto other planets... he's even picked out the ones we should be movin...

Amazing astronomy: How neutron stars create ripples in space-time | Michelle Thaller

Views: 26,057 6 days ago
Michell Thaller, the Assistant Director of Science Communication at NASA, wanted to talk to us about a heavy subject matter. Specifically, super-dense...

The Second Amendment: How the gun control debate went crazy | Kurt Anderson

Views: 60,605 7 days ago
The gun control debate has been at fever pitch for several years now, and as things fail to change the stats get grimmer. The New York Times reports t...

The upside of rejection: How hearing “no” can lead to success | Matt Dixon

Views: 13,595 1 week ago
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Embracing awkwardness: How to defeat social anxiety and embarrassment | Melissa Dahl

Views: 25,769 1 week ago
Why is it awkward to listen to a recording of your own voice? What makes us cringe? For the last few years, Melissa Dahl, co-founder of NYMag.com's po...

How great leaders develop their grit | Nancy Koehn on building resilience

Views: 20,023 2 weeks ago
Great leaders are few and far between but Nancy Koehn, a historian of business at Harvard Business School, has put together a compendium of anecdotes ...

What the best science really says about depression | Johann Hari

Views: 54,398 2 weeks ago
For almost the past 100 years, mental health professionals have told us that that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, ...

How Navy SEAL Hell Week builds indestructible teams | Brent Gleeson

Views: 69,370 2 weeks ago
Becoming a Navy SEAL isn't exactly easy. First, you have to get through 18 months of training. About a month or so into that, you have to get through ...

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on ending poverty, being libertarian, and more (full video)

Views: 18,235 2 weeks ago
How has Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's politics influenced his business ideas? In a classic Big Think interview, Mackey goes over a wide range of topic...

The Black List: The incredible innovation that led to 48 Oscar wins

Views: 12,752 2 weeks ago
Can't watch another generic Hollywood film? Here, marketing expert Nilofer Merchant tells the incredible story of former data analyst Franklin Leonard...

How virtual reality can make every kid a capable scientist | Jeremy Bailenson

Views: 10,877 2 weeks ago
The most amazing thing about virtual reality isn't necessarily the technology behind it, but the way it makes us feel. When you bring virtual reality ...

Why saying "I don't know" is a key to success | Poker champion Annie Duke

Views: 24,133 2 weeks ago
In the earliest stages of our education, it gets drilled into us that certainty is good, and phrases like "I don't know" or "I'm not sure" are lesser ...

The Social Brain: culture, change and evolution | Bret Weinstein (Full Video)

Views: 17,879 3 weeks ago
In this wide-ranging talk, controversial professor Bret Weinstein covers several topics: politics, technology, and tribalism, just to name a few. But ...

How astronomy makes neuroscience even cooler: brains, gold, and neutron stars | Michelle Thaller

Views: 22,996 3 weeks ago
Did you know you have gold in your brain? Inside every neuron, there are just a few atoms of gold that keep the neuron charged, which is what keeps yo...

How to detect baloney the Carl Sagan way | Michael Shermer

Views: 57,601 4 weeks ago
In 1995, just a few months before his death, astrophysicist Carl Sagan published The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. In that boo...

3 Brain Tricks That Will Help You Make Better Decisions | Dean Buonomano

Views: 54,269 1 month ago
Pop quiz, hot shot! What do cows drink? If you're like the vast majority of people, you probably just had the word "milk" flash in your brain. That's ...
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