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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Dr. Richard Wesley has an incurable disease but takes solace in knowing that he can decide exactly when, where and how he will die.
Here is the much-talked-about TED talk on inequality given by Nick Hanauer Why TED pulled the video: TED and inequality: The real story And here's an on-line petition: A petition, calling for ted to post Nick Hanauer's Talk
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.
Video - 68 minutes. How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? And why do we value it so highly? In Soul Dust, the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, a leading figure in consciousness research, proposes a startling new theory.
Video - 45 minutes. ` "I'm thinking a lot about species concepts as applied to humans, about the "Out of Africa" model, and also looking back into Africa itself. I think the idea that modern humans originated in Africa is still a sound concept. Behaviorally and physically, we began our story there, but I've come around to thinking that it wasn't a simple origin. Twenty years ago, I would have argued that our species evolved in one place, maybe in East Africa or South Africa. There was a period of time in just one place where a small population of humans became modern, physically and behaviourally. Isolated and perhaps stressed by climate change, this drove a rapid and punctuational origin for our species. Now I don’t think it was that simple, either within or outside of Africa."