Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
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Don’t Be Dumb- Will Gang Members Kill You If You Flash Your Lights?
There’s this urban legend out there that if you flash your lights at a car with its headlights off, the gang members in the car will chase you and kill you. That’s not true. Listen to Josh as he explains.
Short Men vs. Tall Women
In a world of gendered preferences for shorter women and taller men, who has it worse: short men or tall women?
Between A Rock And…: Non-Binary Gender in Atheism
When women started talking about women’s issues in the skeptic and atheist movements, it created an incredibly charged atmosphere within those communities. A couple years later, we’re still having this heated discussion. In talking about gender-related issues, how well do people within the community address trans* people, particularly non-binary-identified individuals? Is there an overlap between misogynistic attitudes and transphobic attitudes? Is non-binary erasure a problem for the atheist/skeptic communities? What place do binary and non-binary trans* people have within the community, and what are their contributions?
via Jason Thibeault.
Epic Science - Breaking Bad… Habits
A 2006 Duke University study found that up to 45 percent of our daily “decisions” are actually just habits. Find out how to break the habit loop and exercise your self-control muscles.
Do Musicians have a Dating Advantage?
The Musical Sex Selection Theory suggests that playing instruments offer guys a romantic leg up.
Professor Glenn D. Wilson - Feast or Famine: The Psychology of Eating
Is body weight due to a constitutional “set point” or to eating style? Do diets work or are they inevitably doomed to fail? Is self-monitoring (e.g., calorie counting, food diaries and regular weighing) useful or counterproductive. What accounts for eating disorders such as anorexia, binging and bulimia? How can they be managed? Body dysmorphic disorder as a modern problem. To what extent does idealisation of thinness in the media contribute to dissatisfaction with body weight?
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/feast-or-famine-the-psychology-of-eating
Mapping Emotions in the Body
Feelings are often associated with physical reactions: terror can send chills down your spine, and love can leave you weak in the knees. A recent study has linked specific emotions to physical sensations. Researchers tested emotional responses in hundreds of subjects and then created maps identifying locations in the body where emotions cause physical changes.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.
Don’t Stop Daydreaming!
For years, people have thought daydreamers lack focus and have a poor work ethic. Well, daydreamers unite! New research shows that daydreaming in fact has a specific purpose, and it might even help with information processing. Watch as Anthony explains why we spend a third to half of our lives daydreaming, and why it’s not so bad after all.
via DNews Channel.
Fighting PTSD with Virtual Reality
Virtual-reality treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress.
More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/fighting-ptsd-virtual-reality/1547
via Inside Science TV.
When Do Childhood Memories Fade?
How much do you remember about being a child? Probably not too much. Childhood memories can be a bit spotty. But at what age is your brain able to maintain memories so that you can recollect them later in life? Anthony tackles this question as he takes a look at some recent research on a phenomena known as childhood amnesia.
via DNews Channel.
Crash Course Psychology #1 - Intro to Psychology
What does Psychology mean? Where does it come from? Hank gives you a 10 minute intro to one of the more tricky sciences and talks about some of the big names in the development of the field. Welcome to Crash Course Psychology!
via Crash Course.
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Are Men More Forgetful Than Women?
If a man forgets an anniversary or a birthday, is he really to blame? When told to get something in another room, do you forget what you were asked to retrieve the moment you step into a different room? Crystal steps in today to answer some of Trace’s questions about memory, how men forget more than women, and a phenomenon called “event boundaries.”
via DNews Channel.
Epic Science - You Say You Wanna Make a Habit
You’ve probably heard that it takes just three weeks to make or break a habit. That is poppycock. Find out about “habit loops” and what it takes to create a new behavior.
Why are bad words bad?
Cristen explains why certain words have bad reputations and how people tend to start swearing by age TWO.