Tag: EDU

Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence

Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 25, 2019

Hi, my name is Nicholas Christakis and I’m a physician and a social scientist and the discipline I’m going to be speaking about to you today is sociology.  Sociology is the field in which you study human behavior and human experience and how it relates to the fact that individuals are embedded within larger groups […]

How to optimize your gut and brain bacteria | Dave Asprey

How to optimize your gut and brain bacteria | Dave Asprey

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 24, 2019

One of the things that’s come out, just in the last five years, is the importance of the microbiome. And the functional medicine crowd has been talking about it for 20-plus years, and we just didn’t have good data. But today, there is a company that has more than 100,000 people’s poop. And what they’ve […]

Climate Change Formula:  Rising Sea Levels + Coastal Megacities = Forced Migration | Parag Khanna

Climate Change Formula: Rising Sea Levels + Coastal Megacities = Forced Migration | Parag Khanna

By Micah Moen 51 Comments August 19, 2019

If global temperatures rise four degrees Celsius above the 1990 baseline temperature level used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, and that may happen by 2040, 2050 or around that time based on present temperature sort of rise trajectory. That would have a very devastating impact on global food production. Right now […]

The biology of Alzheimer’s – and what we might do to cure it |  Lou Reese

The biology of Alzheimer’s – and what we might do to cure it | Lou Reese

By Micah Moen 35 Comments August 19, 2019

Why do people get Alzheimer’s? How do you differentiate amongst the different types, and what’s really going on? With imaging now we can see the accumulation of certain toxic proteins in people’s brains. There is general consensus that there are a number of these that are implicated in the disease. A-beta (or Beta-Amyloid), tau, alpha […]

How to Redesign an Urban Landscape With Nothing More than Paint, with Marc Kushner

How to Redesign an Urban Landscape With Nothing More than Paint, with Marc Kushner

By Micah Moen 24 Comments August 18, 2019

The way we design houses in different places makes for different solutions. So when you think about a house that’s going to be built in say suburban Houston, there’s different inputs and different requirements than if you’re building something in say an industrializing nation. Architects have to deal with that and therefore come up with […]

Pablo Escobar’s hippos: Why drug lords shouldn’t play God | Lucy Cooke

Pablo Escobar’s hippos: Why drug lords shouldn’t play God | Lucy Cooke

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 16, 2019

So, a few years ago I went to go and investigate rumors of hippos, rogue hippos running riot in rural Colombia. Now hippos don’t naturally live in South America, they are from sub-Saharan Africa; but these hippos had been transported to Colombia by Pablo Escobar. So Pablo Escobar, like many powerful men, fancied himself as […]

How Your Gut Influences Your Mental Health: It’s Practically a Second Brain | Dr. Emeran Mayer

How Your Gut Influences Your Mental Health: It’s Practically a Second Brain | Dr. Emeran Mayer

By Micah Moen 81 Comments August 14, 2019

The Mind-Gut Connection is something that people have intuitively known for a long time but science has only I would say in the last few years gotten a grasp and acceptance of this concept. It essentially means that your brain has intimate connections with the gut and another entity in our gut, the second brain, […]

Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 13, 2019

Crash Course Philosophy is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace: share your passion with the world. Who is The Doctor? Is it this guy? Or this one? How about him? As any good Whovian knows, the answer is yes, all of them. But, also, wait: No. In the show Doctor Who, each incarnation of The […]

Cryptocurrency’s role in the future of money | Elad Gil

Cryptocurrency’s role in the future of money | Elad Gil

By Micah Moen 45 Comments August 9, 2019

So, from an end-user perspective there’s a lot of questions around the impact of either Bitcoin or blockchains. And if you look at the very best technologies they tend to sort of eventually fade seamlessly into the background. So for example, you’re using your phone every day, but you don’t necessarily understand how TCPIP is […]

Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism Are Destined to Split Up

Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism Are Destined to Split Up

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 8, 2019

Well people often ask me how can you be so stupid and still proclaim yourself a communist. What do you mean by this? Well, I have always to emphasize that first I am well aware that let’s call it like this – the twentieth century’s over. Which means all not only communists solution but all […]