In this riveting video Robert Sapolsky examines moral failure or people’s inability to resist temptation from a neurological perspective. Is being “good” a question of training our impulses to do the right thing? Using reason to navigate our way through life’s temptations and arriving at a morally good answer? Maybe. However this video points to research that suggests rather than trusting reason of “oh I … Continue reading What Makes You A “Good” Person?
Why is it that humans can’t live for a thousand years? Why is it that mice who are very similar to humans genetically only live two-three years? Physicist Geoffrey West became deeply interested in the physics of mortality when he entered his fifties and people in his life began to perish. In this video he discusses metabolism, comparing it to a road that breaks … Continue reading Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years
What makes a video go viral? Is it a formula or is it just something elusive and unpredictable? trying to make content that will go viral can be a dangerous game for content creators, limiting their creativity or trying to tailor their talents to what they think people like, rather than just trusting their gut with what is actually good content. Unfortunately we have an … Continue reading What Makes A Video Go Viral?
Professor Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC Newsnight to discuss the anger which has raged across the Middle and Working Classes of Western democracies since the economic collapse in 2008. Discussing the roots of the anger, the rise of far right nationalism as well as the optimistic signs of youth galvanisation around progressive policies on climate change and income inequality – Chomsky discusses why he would … Continue reading Why I’d Vote For Corbyn
Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the ignominious dismissal of science in the political arena. Arguing that if those in power think that science is just an opinion and begin to implement policy and legislation in that vein, then that is beginning of the unravelling of an informed democracy. If the scientific method is reduced to something that people think is an opinion and is thought to … Continue reading Why Science is Bigger Than Politics
Inventor, Entrepreneur and Englineer discusses what he views as the most important work to be doing if he was a young person in 2017. Musk has been at the centre of the conversation around artificial intelligence and sustainable energy consumption over the past 15 years. He is ranked the 21st most influential people in the world and his current company SpaceX are working on a … Continue reading What Would Elon Musk Be Working On If He Was 22?
Are humans just naturally lazy, comfort and pleasure seeking beings? Or do we really want dignity and fulfilment? in this riveting excerpt professor Noam Chomsky discusses how the billions upon billions of dollars spent on advertising has been used to psychologically manipulate are ideas of what we want. Tracing trends from the industrial revolution of the 1800’s to the educated poor in the 1930’s, Chomsky … Continue reading What Do Humans Really Want?
Katherine Maher, executive director at the Wikimedia Foundation discusses how Wikipedia went from a site loaded with errors and false information to the world’s trusted open encyclopedia. Through the process of constant self improvement and a dedication to ensuring accurate information, Wikipedia shows that sorting fact from fiction is a much easier job than has been made out from public figures such as Hillary Clinton … Continue reading Wikipedia Proves Fake News Hysteria is Bullsh*t
In this extraordinary clip Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains. The addictive nature of social media has become starkly apparent as anyone who takes public transport will be aware. Yet its capacity to manipulate and reshape our brains is something not often discussed and something parents should be particularly … Continue reading How Social Media is Shaping Our Thought Patterns
Mel Robbins in this interview for Impact Theory explains why she believes motivation to be a debilitating concept which holds people back. She argues that people get fixated with the idea that “one day” they will do the things they really want to do and all that is missing is courage and motivation. In reality however, it will always be difficult to do things which create … Continue reading Stop Thinking You Need Motivation.