Field Guide to Lies

Field Guide to Lies

Daniel Levitin [ Live Talks LA ] I started writing the book in 2001, because my job was to teach students at McGill University how to think critically. Both undergraduates and graduate students. We used a little textbook, “How to Lie with Statistics” that was written in the 50s. And it’s a wonderful book, but all the examples came from the US Steel

Jabberwockey Blues

Jabberwockey Blues

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young [ Google Talk ] My life and my work has been an exploration of the territory of the human brain, how it makes us uniquely who we are. Because when we think about our brain, it filters our perceptions of ourselves and our understanding of ourselves, our understanding of other people, our understanding of the world, and our understanding of our

Discovery Channeling

Discovery Channeling

Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University) discusses the ways in which we are not good at knowing our own hidden prejudices and preferences. But those beliefs shape how we collaborate, run businesses, and assess colleagues. Learn about the latest research on the human “blindspot” and why businesses are using it to change their culture. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Stephen Bowler

The Road Home

The Road Home

Nicholas Carr [ IdeaCity ] In the summer of 2008, The Atlantic published Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” as the cover story of its annual Ideas issue. Highly critical of the Internet’s effect on cognition, the article has been read and debated widely in both the media and the blogosphere. Carr’s main argument is that the Internet may have detrimental effects

Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis

Sandrine Thuret [ King’s College London ] Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? There’s still some confusion about that question, as this is a fairly new field of research. For example, I was talking to one of my colleagues, Robert, who is an oncologist, and he was telling me, “Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they

Good Sleep Keys

Good Sleep Keys

Matt Walker [ UC Berkeley ] I’m here to tell you about sleep — both the good things that happen when you get it and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t. But let me start with a disclaimer: It’s safe to say that, when most speakers look to their audience and see people who are falling asleep, nodding off soundly,