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Facts Don't Win Fights: Here’s How to Cut Through Confirmation Bias

Views: 11,593 11 hours ago
If you want someone to see an issue rationally, you just show them the facts, right? No one can refute a fact. Well, brain imaging and psychological s...

Close the Borders? Close Your Opportunities | Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Immigration and Diversity

Views: 6,933 1 day ago
The city of Atlanta, GA is one of the biggest hubs of jobs and prosperity in the southeastern United States. It's grown considerably over the last 30 ...

Why Superintelligent AI Could Be the Last Human Invention | Max Tegmark

Views: 18,772 2 days ago
When we create something more intelligent than we could ever be, what happens after that? We have to teach it. Read more at BigThink.com: ...

Election Hackers: Why Voting Technology Has to Stay Primitive | Cybersecurity Expert Kathleen Fisher

Views: 15,445 4 days ago
Since Russia (most likely) hacked our Presidential election in 2016, there's been talk of using cell phones for voting. Think again. Read more at BigT...

Manage Anxiety: Use Hope to Build Trust and Confront Disappointment | Victoria McGeer

Views: 17,914 4 days ago
In this refreshing take on the utility of hope, Princeton research scholar Victoria McGeer explains that there's a difference between blind hope and p...

Why America Confuses Fantasy for Reality: Celebrity, Hollywood, & Disneyland | Kurt Andersen

Views: 15,425 6 days ago
The start of the 20th century was the birth of a strange new reality in the United States. The advent of the moving image, of Hollywood and sudden cel...

Babies Are Master Learners: How Adults Can Stimulate Their Innate Learning Skills | Janet Lansbury

Views: 20,499 1 week ago
Infants come equipped with higher learning skills—it's up to adults to encourage their development, and foster their natural sense of agency. So wha...

4 Professional Poker Lessons to Help You Think Clearly and Live Wisely | Liv Boeree

Views: 75,148 1 week ago
There's a saying that if you play a game of poker with someone, you can find out a lot about them. Nobody knows this better than poker pro Liv Boeree,...

Hackers Can Control Your Car’s Brakes, Doors, Steering—Car Makers Can't Stop Them | Kathleen Fisher

Views: 17,776 1 week ago
More modern cars are easier to hack. So are pacemakers and other medical devices. What does that mean for the future? Read more at BigThink.com: ...

How Hope Affects Relationships: Expectations, Obstacles, and Sharing Optimism | Eshkol Rafaeli

Views: 10,715 2 weeks ago
"The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one," wrote Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner, and Professor Eshkol Rafaeli and his team at t...

Richard Dawkins Reveals How Science Really Works: Imagination, Intuition, Evidence, and Truth

Views: 19,747 2 weeks ago
You can be committed to science, but as soon as you're committed to a hypothesis, you've walked off the trail of objective truth, says Richard Dawkins...

Train Your Brain: Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety, Depression, ADD and PTSD | Daniel Goleman

Views: 63,887 2 weeks ago
By now, everyone knows that mindfulness meditation is good for you—but what's still surprising scientists is just how quickly it works. Ten minutes ...

White Supremacy vs. Antifa: Is Political Violence a Good Answer to Racist Violence? | Salman Rushdie

Views: 20,954 2 weeks ago
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing (woah-oh-oh-oh...). Sure, that might be the popular refrain from Edwinn Star's 1970 hit, but it's also th...

Is an Economy for the People, or to Maximize Profit? Innovation, Disruption, Trump | Michael Slaby

Views: 16,416 2 weeks ago
We hear the term "disrupted" a lot. But what does it mean, and why does the fear of change it represents perfectly describe how President Trump won in...

Former CIA Operative Reveals 3 Roots of Terrorism: Wages, Liberty, Language | Amaryllis Fox

Views: 26,797 2 weeks ago
How do you spot terrorism before it happens? Look for patterns in what might seem like unlikely places. Like the living wage of a border guard, for in...

Richard Dawkins: No Civilized Person Accepts Slavery, So Why Do We Accept Animal Cruelty?

Views: 67,107 2 weeks ago
Do animals feel pain? Well, yes. Obviously. They may even feel pain a lot stronger than humans do. Read more at BigThink.com: ...

Diversity of Groups Isn't Enough: We Need Diverse Experiences to Problem Solve | Beau Lotto

Views: 13,657 3 weeks ago
Being close-minded is like being in handcuffs—you can't let yourself out, someone has to pop the lock for you. That's why diversity matters, says ne...

Bryan Cranston: One Thing All Young People Should Do While They're Still Young

Views: 541,103 3 weeks ago
Travel—and experiencing other cultures—opens your mind. Nobody knows this better than Bryan Cranston, who spent two consecutive years (at 19 and 2...

Richard Dawkins: No, Not All Opinions Are Equal—Elitism, Lies, and the Limits of Democracy

Views: 236,345 4 weeks ago
You want expert pilots to fly your planes, top doctors to perform your surgeries, the finest musicians in your orchestra, and for the same reason, you...

Richard Dawkins: The Dangers of CRISPR, Designer Babies, and Artificial Genetic Mutation

Views: 42,067 4 weeks ago
Announcement of CRISPR technology, which allows precise editing of the human genome, has been heralded as the future of individualized medicine, and a...
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