Data Warehousing 2.0

Data Warehousing 2.0

Why learn to translate, when you can build fluency instead? Announcing the first app that can teach you to *think* in a new language. Hi, my name is Gabriel Wyner. Once upon a time, I was an opera singer with a passion for learning languages, and some unconventional ideas about how best to accomplish that. But four years ago, you, the Kickstarter community,

Your Brain’s Boss

Your Brain’s Boss

Amishi Jha [ University of Miami ] Consider the following statement: Human beings only use ten percent of brain capacity. Well, as a neuroscientist, I can tell you that while Morgan Freeman delivered this line with the gravitas that makes him a great actor, this statement is entirely false. The truth is, human beings use 100% of brain capacity. The brain is a

Necessary Dreaming

Necessary Dreaming

Thinking about the future: Whether, when, why, how, who, what… and so what? An organised, future-oriented mindset is probably the most effective way to find success in life, but psychology has focused much more on the past than the future. Professor Baumeister will report ideas and findings emerging from his recent research program on thinking about the future. Despite the common assumption that

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

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