How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus | Kurt Andersen

How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus
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Since a boat of religious fanatics with buckles on their hats hit the shores near Plymouth Rock and claimed that this was their utopia, America has always been a little bit crazy. It’s this kind of wide-eyed “anything can happen if you believe” mentality that, at its best, can produce incredible art. But at its worst, it can be cruel and conspiratorial. We live in a country where people refuse to believe vaccination can help you and where a White House is spinning “alternative — but Kurt Andersen is here to say that this is nothing now. At the time of the Civil War, society had become split by two sides that refused to listen to each other. Back then, the political and social divide is stoked by a hyperbolic partisan media where anyone could publish whatever they wanted in a pamphlet without fact-checking. Sound familiar? It definitely should. Kurt’s latest book is appropriately titled Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire.
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KURT ANDERSEN:

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 on NPR, is a journalist and the author of the novels Hey Day, Turn of the Century, The Real Thing, and his latest non-fiction book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History. He has written and produced prime-time network television programs and pilots for NBC and ABC, and co-authored Loose Lips, an off-Broadway theatrical revue that had long runs in New York and Los Angeles. He is a regular columnist for New York Magazine, and contributes frequently to Vanity Fair. He is also a founder of Very Short List.

Andersen began his career in journalism at NBC’s Today program and at Time, where he was an award-winning writer on politics and criminal justice and for eight years the magazine’s architecture and design critic. Returning to Time in 1993 as editor-at-large, he wrote a weekly column on culture. And from 1996 through 1999 he was a staff writer and columnist for The New Yorker. He was a co-founder of Inside.com, editorial director of Colors magazine, and editor-in-chief of both New York and Spy magazines, the latter of which he also co-founded.

From 2004 through 2008 he wrote a column called “The Imperial City” for New York (one of which is included in The Best American Magazine Writing 2008). In 2008 Forbes. com named him one of The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and is a member of the boards of trustees of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Pratt Institute, and is currently Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He lives with his family in New York City.
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Kurt Andersen: Americans have always been magical thinkers and passionate believers in the untrue. We were started by the Puritans in New England who wanted to create and did create a Christian utopia and theocracy as they waited for the eminent second coming of Christ and the end of days. And in the south by a bunch of people who were convinced, absolutely convinced that this place they’d never been was full of gold just to be plucked from the dirt in Virginia and they stayed there looking and hoping for gold for 20 years before they finally faced the facts and the evidence and decided that they weren’t going to get rich overnight there. So that was the beginning. And then we’ve had centuries of buyer-beware charlatanism to an extreme degree and medical quackery to an extreme degree and increasingly exotic extravagant implausible religions over and over again from Mormonism to Christian Science to Scientology in the last century.

And we’ve had this antiestablishment “I’m not going to trust the experts, I’m not going to trust the elite” from our character from the beginning. Now all those things came together and were super-charged in the 1960s when you were entitled to your own truth and your own reality. Then a generation later when the Internet came along, giving each of those realities, no matter how false or magical or nutty they are, their own kind of media infrastructure. We had entertainment, again for the last couple hundred years, but especially in the last 50 years permeating all the rest of life, including Presidential politics from John F. Kennedy through Ronald Ragan to Bill Clinton. So the thing was set up for Donald Trump to exploit all these various American threads and astonishingly become president, but then you look at this history and it’s…

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Why We’re Seeing More Gravitational Wave Events Than Ever Before

LIGO and Virgo recently updated their gravitational-wave catalog with 39 new discoveries, including signals that could help us probe unresolved mysteries about the universe further than ever before.
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On May 21, 2019, LIGO and Virgo detected gravitational waves generated by two huge black holes, one at around 66 solar masses and the other at a gigantic 85 solar masses. They combined to form a black hole with a mass around 142 times that of our sun, making it the first ever directly observed intermediate black hole.

It exists in the size range between stellar mass black holes that form when stars collapse and the supermassive black holes found at the center of galaxies. Even the existence of the 85 solar mass black hole is interesting, because scientists think there should be a gap in the spectrum of black holes between 65 and 120 solar masses. A phenomenon called pair-instability should prevent stars from collapsing and forming black holes in this range, so that 85 solar mass black hole could call our understanding of stellar evolution into question.

These 39 new gravitational wave events certainly give us a lot to ponder, but remember that’s just from the first half of observing run 3. Unfortunately, the second half had to be cut a month short because of COVID-19, but with observing runs 4 and 5 still planned for some time in the near future, and the inclusion of data from detectors in Japan and India, expect to see a lot more interesting discoveries from the laser interferometers of the world.

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Big Black Holes Dominate New Gravitational-Wave Catalog

Big Black Holes Dominate New Gravitational-Wave Catalog


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5 Ways Orcas Have Earned the Nickname “Killer Whale”

Orcas are some of the most effective predators in the ocean, and each population of them has entirely different prey preferences and hunting techniques, more than earning their nickname “killer whale!”

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That’s Not a Rattlesnake… It’s an Owl!

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Digital Addiction: How Half the Developed World Got Hooked on the Internet | Adam Alter

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It’s not your screen you’re addicted to — it’s just the conduit for your high. NYU professor Adam Alter explains that behavioral addiction is similar to substance addiction: it feels good in the short term, but over time can negatively impact your mental state, social life, financial stability, and physiological wellbeing. There’s been a steep takeoff of digital addiction in recent years, with approximately half the developed world now exhibiting addictive tendencies when it comes to the internet. It comes down to portability. The more wireless our devices become, the more our addiction follows us around, and the more we turn to our phones as “adult pacifiers” — just a swipe of your screen is enough to feel relaxed again. Adam Alter is the author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.

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ADAM ALTER

Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.

 

Adam is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, which examines how features of the world shape our thoughts and feelings beyond our control. He has also written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, and Popular Science, among other publications. Adam has shared his ideas at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and with dozens of companies, including Google, Microsoft, Anheuser Busch, Prudential, and Fidelity, and with several design and ad agencies around the world. He is working on his second book, which asks why so many people today are addicted to so many behaviors, from incessant smart phone and internet usage to video game playing and online shopping.    

 

Adam’s academic research focuses on judgment and decision-making and social psychology, with a particular interest in the sometimes surprising effects of subtle cues in the environment on human cognition and behavior. His research has been published widely in academic journals, and featured in dozens of TV, radio and print outlets around the world.

 

He received his Bachelor of Science (Honors Class 1, University Medal) in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where he held the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Dissertation Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Woodrow Wilson Society of Scholars.

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Adam Alter: Behavioral addiction is a lot like substance addiction in a lot of ways, but it’s much newer. So substance addiction obviously involves the ingestion of a substance, and in the short-term that feels good, and in the long-term it harms your well being in some respects. It can be physiological, it can be psychological, it can harm your social life, it can cause you to spend too much money, it can have a lot of negative effects on your life. Behavioral addiction is similar; the big difference though is that behavioral addiction does not involve the ingestion of a substance, and it’s much newer, it’s a much more recent phenomenon.

So substance addiction has been around for a very long time, by some accounts for many thousands of years, but there weren’t behaviors around that were compelling enough to rise to the level of addiction until quite recently. And the reason is that, for them to be addictive, basically what has to happen is there’s a behavior that you enjoy doing in the short-term that you do compulsively. So you keep returning to it over and over again, but then in the long-term it harms your well-being. And it can, again, harm your well-being in lots of different respects, social, financial, physical, psychological. 

And I think the reason why we’ve got these new forms of addiction, there are two main reasons: The first one is that technology is much more sophisticated and advanced than it was even 20 years ago. You’re able to deliver the kinds of rewards that you need for a system to be addictive. So basically what people are looking for is unpredictability and rapid feedback of either rewards (or if it’s negative then negative experiences), and you actually need that mix of positive and negative feedback.

Just as, for example, when you post something online, sometimes you’re going to get a lot of h…

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China’s Chang’e 5 Will Collect the First Moon Rocks in Nearly 40 Years

China’s Chang’e 5 is getting ready for its launch to an unexplored region of the moon, where it will collect the first lunar sample in nearly 40 years.
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And if the sample that Chang’e 5 collects proves that the moon was still geologically active at that time, it could change everything we know about the moon’s history.

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When the Doughnut meets the city | RSA Events

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As we navigate a series of urgent global crises, how might cities and communities be empowered to respond in ways that are ecologically safe and socially just?

Doughnut Economics proposes a set of core principles for creating economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. What happens when these principles are put into practice? In her 2020 RSA President’s Lecture, Kate Raworth, author of the book, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, tells the story of what happens when the Doughnut meets the City, and what it takes to turn a radical idea into transformative action that is now starting to spread, spontaneously, around the world.

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Distance Vector Algorithm (Bellman Ford) – Computerphile

Underpinning the Internet are countless network routers – how do they work out the route to send your data along? Dr Richard G Clegg, Queen Mary University of London explains the Bellman Ford distance vector algorithm.

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Leveling up your impact against climate change | Vivian Belzaguy | TEDxMiami

Vivian Belzaguy tells us how she went from feeling her impact was insignificant to engaging millions in sustainability initiatives. She shares her story, her advice and her framework for taking better care of our planet. Vivian Belzaguy has a passion for utilizing events as a platform for much-needed social change. After 13 years in the events industry, she grew tired of seeing events create more environmental impact in one day
than she could in her entire lifetime. She has since executed sustainability plans for events of up to 50,000 attendees and founded Ascendance Sustainable Events, becoming part of the shift that will have the events industry teach the world how to take better care of our planet. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Urban and rural effects of extreme heat on vulnerable communities | Ludovica Martella | TEDxMiami

Exposure to high heat temperatures is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.: a disproportionate share of those, are of people of color. In this talk, Ludovica Martella explains how extreme heat temperatures intensify racial and gender disparities in health and social rights. She presents an urban and a rural perspective on the issue by sharing the testimonies of two local activists: Pia Palomino and Guadalupe de la Cruz. A researcher and reporter committed to promoting climate justice and gender equality in climate resilient communities. She is a graduate of The CLEO Institute’s Speakers Network Program, an organizer of the Miami Climate Summit and has executed research projects for the United Nations Women and Development Programs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Shaping brain structure | Sofie Valk | TEDxLeipzigInternationalSchool

What if you could shape your own brain? This is what Sofie Valk and others in her research group asked themselves. The Cognitive Neurogenetics group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences is conducting research on how we can shape our own brain structure and break out of our own genetic and evolutionary confines. This talk will shine light on how we can improve our minds via social interactions and experiences. Sofie Valk completed a PhD in social neurosciences and is now a research group leader of the Cognitive Neurogenetics group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, researching brain structure and social behaviours. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

The Chess Revolution | Rob Hatchett | TEDxChattanooga

Rob Hatchett met his wife on a blind date and made sure she knew that first night that he was unfortunately not the captain of the football team in high school, but rather captain of the chess team! Local trucking executive Rob Hatchett will take us on a journey through the positive impacts the game of chess can have on kids as well as the growing footprint the game is having here in Chattanooga. Rob went into real estate right out of college. His wife and he met on a blind bate in 2007 where he told her on their first date that he wasn’t the captain of the football team in high school, but was instead captain of the chess team. They were married 11 months later. In 2013, her family asked Rob to join the family trucking business so he left real estate and entered trucking as Vice-President of Covenant Transport. In February 2019, he left the family business and started a recruiting agency (SeatMyTrucks) focused on the trucking industry. Through all his successes, it’s been easy to tell people the story of how the strategies he learned in chess set him up to be successful in business. This is the same story he is now seeing in kids today that he is teaching this game to. While he loves business and advertising and strategy and marketing, his true passion comes from empowering the next generation to succeed in the same way, and chess is a key part to accomplishing that. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Finding and Using Your Voice: The Power of Podcasting | Tim Dooner | TEDxChattanooga

Tim Dooner is a podcaster and producer with Chattanooga media and data analytics start-up, FreightWaves. There he has built the largest podcast audio network in his industry. In his talk, he shares how this story can’t be told without first looking at his journey towards recovery. Tim Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. In under a year he built FreightCasts, the world’s largest logistics and supply chain podcast network in media.

Dooner is a 15-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. He has worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the supply chain.

An accomplished podcaster/producer/host, Dooner has launched over a dozen successful podcasts including the acclaimed supply chain & logistics shows: The Shipping Pod and Consulting Logistics. He is a host and producer on What The Truck?!?, FreightWaves Insiders, Put That Coffee Down, FreightWaves Radio on SiriusXM, and you can wake up with his FreightWaves Morning Minute News Briefs on Alexa, and all podcast platforms. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Building a new generation of financial freedom seekers | Frances Cook | TEDxUOA

Financial independence is something we all strive to accomplish, regardless of our age or background. Especially in a world that’s constantly changing and evolving, there’s no better feeling than the idea of financial security for your family and your future. Frances Cook, author, journalist, and podcaster, is here today to show you exactly how you can achieve that future. As a journalist, podcaster, and self-proclaimed financial mess, Frances has made it her mission in life to meet people where they are and educate the public on the importance of financial independence and how everyday people can achieve it in their own lives. Having worked for RadioLIVE, Newstalk ZB, and the New Zealand Herald, Frances is also an accomplished author and currently MC’s the popular podcast ‘Cooking the Books’. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

What’s the Deal with Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine? | SciShow News

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Investing Today to Save Tomorrow | RSA Events

Changing what we do with our money could be one of the most powerful tools at our disposal for tackling the climate crisis – but putting our money where our values are can be complicated. How do we match our priorities with the opportunities available for investing ethically? Is divestment the only way? And how can we tell what is genuinely transformative, and what is just ‘greenwashing’?

What matters, says finance expert Alice Ross, is not just avoiding harmful companies and practices, but directing what we have towards initiatives that actively make a difference. She explores the key questions at the heart of green investing, and shows how we can harness our own economic power, however large or small, to protect the environment, decarbonise the economy, and accelerate the move towards a greener future.

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How This Next Generation Satellite Will 3D Print Itself in Space

Made In Space is building a satellite that can 3D print itself in space. If successful, their satellite could revolutionize how we design future spacecraft.
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Archinaut One is just a test, but if it’s successful, it could completely change the way we build satellites in space. Imagine what that type of technology could do for future lunar habitats like NASA’s Gateway outpost or conceptual technology that has never been feasible to fly to space like star shades or space interferometers.

And having on orbit 3D printing capabilities lessens the need for heavy payloads and allows astronauts to print their own tools because, as we venture out beyond low-Earth orbit, there’ll be a lot of things we’ll need along for the trip. And on top of that, Archinaut One could also be capable of repairing and building upon existing structures, which could help reduce the need for astronaut spacewalks, which could be dangerous.

So let’s just say Archinaut One is going to have its hands full once it launches. But we still have a while to go before we see the satellite take to the skies. Right now, Archinaut One is expected to launch in early 2023. And when it does, it could reshape how we build and live in space.

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NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit
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“NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. ”

Archinaut, a Construction Robot for Space, Could Launch a Test Flight in 2022
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How to foster productive and responsible debate | Ishan Bhabha

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The clash of ideas is fundamental to creativity and progress, but it can also be deeply destructive and create divisions within companies, communities and families. How do you foster productive debate while protecting against harmful speech and misinformation? Constitutional lawyer Ishan Bhabha lays out structures that organizations can use to navigate ideological disagreement and responsibly bring facts and context to a larger dialogue.

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Kids are speaking up for the environment. Let’s listen | Olafur Eliasson

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Known for big, attention-grabbing installations — like his four towering waterfalls in New York’s East River — Olafur Eliasson has scaled down his latest project, Earth Speakr: an art platform for kids designed to spur budding climate activists to lead discussions on nature, conservation, pollution and more.

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A delightful logic puzzle from the Stanford Competitive Exam (1947)

The 1947 Stanford Competitive Examination included a version of this problem.

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Dangerous Marshmallows?!

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A love story: Ecological love and sorrow | Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug | TEDxUSN

Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug is from the North-Western coast of Norway and feels especially connected to the bird mountain Runde. Knut Ivar is currently working on a PhD project in Social work and Social Policy at the University of South Eastern Norway and Oslo Metropolitan University. He is also working hands on with the environmental crisis, being a part of the environmental movement for many years, and recently edited a book with philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen, exploring ecological sorrow through different personal stories and popular science. The links between mental health, public health, social problems (and solutions), and the nature- and climate crisis are important aspects in his work. Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug is from the North-Western coast of Norway and feels especially connected to the bird mountain Runde. Knut Ivar is currently working on a PhD project in Social work and Social Policy at the University of South Eastern Norway and Oslo Metropolitan University. He is also working hands on with the environmental crisis, being a part of the environmental movement for many years, and recently edited a book with philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen, exploring ecological sorrow through different personal stories and popular science. The links between mental health, public health, social problems (and solutions), and the nature- and climate crisis are important aspects in his work. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

How to decarbonize the grid and electrify everything | John Doerr and Hal Harvey

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“The good news is it’s now clearly cheaper to save the planet than to ruin it,” says engineer and investor John Doerr. “The bad news is: we are fast running out of time.” In this conversation with climate policy expert Hal Harvey, the two sustainability leaders discuss why humanity has to act globally, at speed and at scale, to meet the staggering challenge of decarbonizing the global economy (which has only ever increased emissions throughout history) — and share helpful examples of promising energy solutions from around the world.

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The Secret to Unbelievably Fast Internet: Twisting Light

You might finally be able to watch that 4k video without buffering, thanks to quantum mechanics and orbital angular momentum.

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Un coche volador para transformar las ciudades del futuro | Joseba Lasa | TEDxVitoriaGasteiz

El futuro ya está aquí. Joseba es el líder del equipo que diseñó a Lauren, un coche volador seguro, veloz y preciso gracias al que se atreve a soñar con un futuro urbano en el que una calle sea indistinguible de un bosque. Joseba Lasa es doctor en Ingeniería Mecánica por la Escuela de Ingeniería de Bilbao, y actualmente es director de TEA Lab, donde trabaja en la prospección y estrategia de futuro del sector aeronáutico, y en la ideación y creación de nuevos productos llegando a fabricarlos y validarlos a escala real. Joseba Lasa es doctor en Ingeniería Mecánica por la Escuela de Ingenieros de Bilbao, y actualmente es director de TEA Lab, donde trabaja en la prospección y estrategia de futuro del sector aeronáutico, y en la ideación y creación de nuevos productos llegando a fabricarlos y validarlos a escala real. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Which bag should you use? – Luka Seamus Wright and Imogen Ellen Napper

Explore the environmental impact of three types of bags— plastic, paper, and cloth— to find out how they’re made, used and disposed of.

You’ve filled up your cart and made it to the front of the grocery line when you’re confronted with yet another choice: what kind of bag should you use? It might seem obvious that plastic is bad for the environment, and that a paper bag or a cotton tote would be the better option. But is that really true? Luka Seamus Wright and Imogen Ellen Napper explore the environmental impact of each material.

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17 year old student Bruno Ciulli addresses the influence the media has over LGBT+ and students’ school experience and how this impacts on perceptions and behaviours. Bruno Ciulli is 17 years old and currently in sixth year in school. His talk discusses some of the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community experience, particularly in schools in Ireland. This is something that Bruno feels extremely passionate about as he often encounters or witnesses these challenges in his daily life This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Making work that matters | RSA Events

Creativity matters now more than ever. But for too long we’ve been told that it’s a mysterious gift granted to a select few. Nonsense, says Seth Godin. Creativity is a choice.

The turbulent events of 2020 have presented an opportunity for pause and self-reflection. A moment to look at our lives, and to ask what truly gives them meaning and purpose.

In the face of crisis and constraint, many people have been moved to rediscover their innate creativity. To renew their commitment to doing good work that matters. To seek new sources of connection with others. And new ways to apply creative thinking to the challenges of our times.

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Leaving a legacy behind | Sanil Sachar | TEDxDepartmentofCommerce

“legacy does not mean an end, but a beginning of something more beautiful.”
Mr Sanil Sachar with a question, Why does a legacy come into existence. ?

He explained the three ways we can leave a legacy
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2- Gratitude (feeling grateful)
3- Practicing forgiveness He is also of the co-owners of the global sports brand Tru. He is a national best-selling author from India with four books, traversing through prose, poetry, short-stories, scripts and couplets. With over 200 works of published poetry and short-stories, Sachar is one of the few Indian authors to be published in all forms of literature.

Sanil has co-produced the New York Film Festival award winning Bollywood film, Mantra. As part of his work, Sanil is a highly acclaimed columnist, triple Ted speaker, An artist and innovator, with a goal to drive change, one word at a time. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Our Quantum World: How Quantum Phenomena Show Up Every Day

While you might not think about quantum mechanics being part of your everyday life, it turns out that it might play a role in some of the most familiar things, from the sunlight in the trees to the nose on your face!

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13 Unbelievable Unfinished Projects

From partially-drawn presidential portraits to an entire castle that was never completed, this episode of The List Show is all about interesting projects that never quite came to be. You’ll learn about the man who tried to give new meaning to the term “ghostwriting” and find out what happened to the Cincinnati subway.

Erin (@erincmccarthy) shares tales of unfinished novels, buildings, and more. Some projects still have hope of being completed, while others have been lost forever.

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Was this famous war photo staged? feat. Errol Morris

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Roger Fenton’s 1855 photo “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” is the first famous photograph of war, depicting a barren road littered with cannonballs fired during the Crimean War. But there’s a second photo of the same road with no cannonballs, which has led photo historians, and, notably, American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag, to claim that the famed photo is staged. Meaning, the photo with no cannonballs was taken first, and the photo with cannonballs was arranged and taken second.

American documentary film director Errol Morris went down a rabbit hole of interviews and photo analysis to determine if that order of the photos – with cannonballs “OFF” the road first, then “ON” – is accurate, based solely on what’s present in the photographs themselves.

Errol Morris’ New York Times essay, “Which Came First?”
Part one: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg-part-one/
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Fenton Crimean War Photographs at Library of Congress:
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This ‘Magic Ion’ in Your Tap Water Could Be Making You Happier

Tap water contains traces of lithium, a natural element that’s widely used as a mood-stabilizing treatment. Could this exposure be impacting our moods?
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Sometimes referred to as the “magic ion,” this element’s name is lithium. And a recent review of decades of research has found that the trace amounts of lithium found in the tap could be stabilizing your mood and may even have the potential to reduce the risk of suicide.

Of all the elements, lithium is one of the lightest. This soft, silvery-white metal occurs naturally in soil, rocks, and many foods. It’s also highly reactive, particularly with water, and varying degrees of lithium can be found in surface water, groundwater and seawater around the world. And not only is it valued for boosting the energy density of our batteries over the past few decades, lithium has gained recognition in the medical community for its powerful impacts on mental health, too.

But the doses prescribed and the amount you naturally get from the tap are very different. Used medically, a prescribed dose typically ranges from a couple hundred milligrams to over a thousand. By contrast, the lithium levels found in a liter of drinking water typically measure anywhere between a fraction of one microgram to 200 micrograms, depending on the source.

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Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates
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“Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study collated research from around the world and found that geographical areas with relatively high levels or concentration of lithium in public drinking water had correspondingly lower suicide rates.”

Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?

“Despite the studies demonstrating the benefits of relatively high natural lithium levels present in the drinking water of certain communities, few seem to be aware of its potential.”

Lithium: the gripping history of a psychiatric success story
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The power of venom — and how it could one day save your life | Mandë Holford

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Venom can kill … or it can cure. In this fascinating talk, marine chemical biologist Mandë Holford shares her research into animal venom, from killer sea snails to platypuses and slow lorises — and explores its potential to one day treat human diseases like cancer. The mechanism behind this powerful substance is still mysterious, Holford says, but: “Someday, snail venom might just save your life.”

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Safe design of technology for hydrogen as a green energy carrier | Knut Vågsæther | TEDxUSN

Knut is a professor in combustion at USN. His main research work is on the technical aspects of safety of alternative fuels and energy carriers. For the last 20 years he has been studying fundamental behavior of explosions and safety issues related to hydrogen as a green energy carrier. Hydrogen is a possible carrier of renewable energy where most transport sectors view this as a potential solution for decarbonization. Introducing new renewable energy carriers in society require that the new technology is as safe or safer as the traditional fuel. Since hydrogen can be explosive if mixed with air, safe design of new technology will be a critical step for any introduction of this fuel in society or else it will never get public acceptance. Knut is a professor in combustion at USN. His main research work is on the technical aspects of safety of alternative fuels and energy carriers. For the last 20 years he has been studying fundamental behavior of explosions and safety issues related to hydrogen as a green energy carrier.

Hydrogen is a possible carrier of renewable energy where most transport sectors view this as a potential solution for decarbonization. Introducing new renewable energy carriers in society require that the new technology is as safe or safer as the traditional fuel. Since hydrogen can be explosive if mixed with air, safe design of new technology will be a critical step for any introduction of this fuel in society or else it will never get public acceptance. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Never look at a plastic water bottle the same way again. | Mark Odegard | TEDxSpokane

Working as a consultant for a greener world, Mark is influenced by relevant and valuable topics that open his mind to new ideas. Seeing himself as an extreme introvert with social reservations, Mark’s favorite past times are spending time outdoors and sharing a beer from a local brewery.

This first time TED speaker will inspire us all to stop buying reusable plastics and give us three ways we can all live a greener life! Mark has used the same water reusable water bottle for years! He will walk us through simple everyday ways we can create a little less waste.
Never look at a plastic water bottle the same way again! Working as a consultant for a greener world, Mark is influenced by relevant and valuable topics that open his mind to new ideas. Seeing himself as
an extreme introvert with social reservations, Mark’s
favorite past times are spending time outdoors and sharing
a beer from a local brewery.

This first time TEDx speaker will inspire us all to stop buying
reusable plastics and give us ways we can all live a
greener life, today!

Fun Fact: Mark’s favorite food hails from Singapore and is
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The Chemist Decoding Our Cosmic Origins | Great Minds: Ewine van Dishoeck

This episode was made in partnership with The Kavli Prize. The Kavli Prize honors scientists for breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience — transforming our understanding of the very big, the very small, and the very complex. To learn more about Ewine van Dishoeck’s work, go to: http://kavliprize.org/prizes-and-laureates/prizes/2018-kavli-prize-astrophysics

The apparent void in the darkness of space is not as empty as you might think. In fact, it somehow holds the key to creating stars, planets, and even us! And Dutch super-scientist Ewine van Dishoeck made it her life’s work to figure out how interstellar gas and dust turned into us.

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This is the paradigm shift that could stop racism | Robin DiAngelo | Big Think

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You can’t jump over the difficult personal work required to examine your role in racism’s presence in our society, says writer and consultant Robin DiAngelo.

Relying on easy answers from people around you won’t solve the problem. DiAngelo compares this to your doctor delivering a diagnosis without an explanation. Wouldn’t you take it upon yourself to learn about the ailment? Racism should be treated the same way.

Receiving feedback with grace, reflecting on it, and seeking to change the behavior should be the modus operandi for all white people. This process should not be revolutionary.

If you want to further your education on racism, you can access Robin DiAngelo’s list of resources here: https://robindiangelo.com/resources/
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ROBIN DIANGELO:

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in race relations and racial justice. Her book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Check her latest book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism at https://amzn.to/3ej4v41
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TRANSCRIPT:

ROBIN DIANGELO: The number one question I get when I give a talk is okay, okay, now what do I do? And that question has bothered me for a long time. One, to be really honest I think it’s disingenuous. I don’t think white people really want to know what to do unless it’s the most simplistic thing which is just keeping friendly.

That question tends to function as a way to jump over the hard, personal work and just get to the answer or get to the solution. It’s a little bit arrogant for folks who have never in their life thought deeply about this. And after an hour they want to get the answer and go fix it. At the same time we can’t wait until we have it all figured out.

And so I will offer a challenging question back and then I will answer the what do we do. So what I, my reply to that question is: What about your life has allowed you to be a full functioning professional educated adult and not know what to do about racism? How have you managed not to know? Why is that your question? People of color have been telling us this for a very long time. So that question is meant to be a challenge. It’s also sincere. Take out a piece of paper and start writing down why you don’t know. Probably on the first of your list is going to be I wasn’t educated on this. Step one.

Two, I don’t talk about race. Three, I don’t really have relationships across race or not many. And when I do we don’t talk about race. Five, I haven’t cared enough.

There’s your map and when you get to five, I haven’t cared enough, if you can look at yourself in the mirror and say that then carry on as you always have but do it with honesty. If you can’t look at yourself in the mirror and say I don’t really care, great. Use that motivation to get involved. There’s so much good information out there. My website is filled with lists and resources. So, probably the number one thing we could do next is take the initiative and go look it up. I use this analogy sometimes.

I use this analogy sometimes. If you went to the doctor and the doctor said you have an acoustic neuroma. And then the doctor was called out on an emergency and left the room and the meeting ended. What would you do? Go home and Google the shit out of acoustic neuromas. Would you not? Would you watch every video you could? Would you get on every blog? Would you get on every Listserv? Would you even get a different opinion than whatever the doctor had given you? Yes. Why? Because you cared. I think it says something really profound about white people that just taking the initiative to look it up is somewhat revolutionary for us. But it is.

And I will never forget talking to a multiracial group and putting the question out to the people of color: “What would it be like if when white people ran their inevitable and often unaware racism, you could give us feedback on that and have us receive it with grace, reflect on the behavior, and seek to change it. What would that be like for you?”…

Read the full transcript at https://bigthink.com/videos/stop-racism

La sostenibilidad del pasado en la crisis de hoy | Patricia Martinez & Juan González | TEDxYouth@CRC

Las experiencias de Juan y Patricia nos ayudan a comprender las acciones que podemos llevar a cabo para cuidar de nuestro planeta
Licenciada en Ciencias Ambientales por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Máster en Desarrollo natural y gestión sostenible por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.Profesora de Secundaria y Bachillerato y educadora ambiental. Trabaja actualmente, desde hace 8, años como profesora de Biología y Geología en el Colegio Ramón y Cajal, compaginado su labor docente con la coordinación del proyecto pedagógico del Bachillerato Internacional. Anteriormente, trabajó como educadora ambiental en centros de educación ambiental (CEA) de la CCAA de Madrid y de América Latina, donde coordinó proyectos de cooperación internacional en la Universidad Católica de Uruguay.

Biólogo por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, máster en Espacios Naturales Protegidos. Profesor de Secundaria, coordinador de ocio y tiempo libre. Educador ambiental. Entrenador de baloncesto. Trabaja desde hace 20 años como entrenador de baloncesto en el C.B. Tres Cantos y otros 15 como educador ambiental, trabajando en el Programa de Albergues y en Centros de Educación ambiental (CEA) de la CCAA de Madrid. Coordinador desde el 2012 de los campamentos de verano realizados por la Asociación Econvive. En educación formal ha trabajado en varios centros escolares y desde el curso 2019/20 forma parte del equipo docente de Secundaria del Colegio Ramón y Cajal. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

This Frog-Killing Fungus Could Wipe Out Entire Species

Scientists at the Oakland Zoo are taking drastic measures to prevent mass extinctions of the yellow-legged frog.
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A recently discovered fungus in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains have killed off over 80 percent of yellow-legged frog population. The frogs are part of a larger global amphibian crisis that has brought 32% of all the known species of frogs, salamanders and caecilians to the brink of extinction, in no small part due to this fungus. This loss of biodiversity threatens to have a wide ranging impact, from disrupting habitats to preventing the advancement of medical research.

Since treating native habitat is out, that means the frogs must be inoculated back at the lab at the Oakland Zoo. Fortunately, the researchers here have a plan to treat and release their yellow-legged patients back into the wild. And the solution starts by getting to the frogs early, before they’re technically frogs at all.

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Breaking the frog fungus code

Breaking the frog fungus code


“Wildlife managers have been using creative ways to inoculate frogs against Bd. For example, scientists have taken frogs from the Sierra Nevada into captivity, infected them with a less virulent strain of the fungus, and nursed them through the illness until they mount an immune response. Frogs treated this way no longer build up lethal infection loads.”

Research breakthrough in fight against chytrid fungus
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-breakthrough-chytrid-fungus.html
“For frogs dying of the invasive chytridiomycosis disease, the leading cause of amphibian deaths worldwide, the genes responsible for protecting them may actually be leading to their demise, according to a new study.”

Climate crisis ages fish, amphibians and reptiles
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.15305
“Human activity is changing climatic conditions at an unprecedented rate. The impact of these changes may be especially acute on ectotherms since they have limited capacities to use metabolic heat to maintain their body temperature.”
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Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste | Amanda Little

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Our food systems have not been designed to adapt to major disruptions like climate change, says environmental journalist Amanda Little. In this eye-opening talk, she shows how the climate crisis could devastate our food supply — and introduces us to the farmers, entrepreneurs and engineers who are radically rethinking what we grow and how we eat, combining traditional agriculture with state-of-the-art technology to create a robust, resilient and sustainable food future.

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