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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Could your language affect your ability to save money?
What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future — “It rain tomorrow,” instead of “It will rain tomorrow” — correlate strongly with high savings rates.
Talk by Keith Chen.
via TED Education.
Five Stupid Things About the Manosphere
If there’s a group of people who deserve a stiff rhetorical kick in the teeth more than this bunch, somebody let me know, okay?
via Steve Shives.
Fighting the Fakers (and Failing)
Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She is the is author of a number of books, including The Meme Machine and Zen and the Art of Consciousness.
Love and Sex
Sexual behavior, romance, and partnerships are among the strongest human social drives. In this session we delve into the biology of sexual behavior and such topics as love addictions, serial monogamy, clandestine adultery, hookup culture, and how human partnering psychology is reflected in our animal cousins.
via Being Human 2013.
Mario Bunge: “Ciencias sociales con números”
Charla realizada en el marco de la cuarta edición del Seminario de Filosofía de la Ciencia, coordinado por Mario Bunge que se desarrolló en la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Agradecimietos a Javier por la filmación, a Gustavo por la edición de sonido y a Basko por ayudar en la edición de video.
Mysterious Delusions of Satan: Witchcraft at Salem (Prof. Walter F. Rowe)
In keeping with the approach of Halloween, Professor Rowe’s talk will examine the best known outbreak of witchcraft in the United States. He will discuss the events in Massachusetts in 1692-1693 that resulted in nineteen executions and one pressing to death. He will also critically evaluate the various attempts to provide naturalistic explanations for this witchcraft outbreak (lying, ergotism, epidemica lethargica, village factionalism, ‘uppity women,’ and the stresses of protracted warfare). Professor Rowe will also present the impact of the Salem Witchcraft Trials on popular culture.
Professor Walter F. Rowe is a Professor of Forensic Sciences at The George Washington University, where he has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Forensic Sciences for more than 30 years. Professor Rowe has a B.S. in chemistry from Emory University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
He served two years in the U.S. Army crime laboratory system as a forensic drug chemist and a forensic serologist. During his military service Rowe was also a credentialed criminal investigator and participated in processing crime scenes (including the scene of the Fort Bragg murders, for which Dr. Jeffrey McDonald is now serving multiple life prison terms).
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Professor Rowe is also a member of ASTM Committee E30, which sets standards (including educational standards) for a variety of forensic science disciplines. He is also a member of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners. Professor Rowe is a member of the Council of Forensic Educators and is a past president of that organization.
He has been a consultant forensic scientist to law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices and defense attorneys; Professor Rowe has worked closely with Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project.
He has contributed chapters to monographs and textbooks in forensic science, including one of the two main textbooks used for undergraduate instruction in the field of forensic science.
via NCAS Video.
What’s the Point of Going to School? And Other Skeptical Questions About Education - Stuart Ritchie
As if teachers didn’t have a hard enough job, they’re beset on all sides by peddlers of pseudo-scientific interventions and theorists with political agendas.
In this talk, Stuart Ritchie, a PhD Psychology student at The University of Edinburgh, attempts to set out the science behind many controversial questions surrounding education, including:
• Does going to school make you smarter?
• Are there multiple ‘styles’ of learning?
• How does the education system affect social mobility?
• What can emerging sciences like neuroscience and genetics offer education?
• Does class size or teacher quality matter for educational achievement?
Stuart is a PhD Psychology student in the Psychology Department at The University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on two questions: (a) which educational interventions improve learning, and which don’t work?, and (b) what are the effects of education, anyway? He also has secondary interests in other areas, like the psychology of religion and the paranormal.
via Glasgow Skeptics.
Why NY is Losing the Food Battle
Curt Collier urges New Yorkers to become homemakers instead of just residents and work to increase the supply and utilization of locally grown food.
via NYS Ethical Culture.
Eschaton 2012 - Ania Bula: —phobias and —isms
Ania Bula is an English, biology, and psychology student at the University of Ottawa with an interest in sexology. She is the founder of the It’s Not Your Fault Project, an online support group for victims of sexual assault.
She is a tireless activist for feminism, skepticism, LGBTQ rights, atheism, and other social justice issues, which she explores both in her blog (co-written with Alexander Gonzalez) and in fantasy writing.
Sound effect by HerbertBoland http://www.freesound.org/people/HerbertBoland/sounds/33637/
Conference by CFI Ottawa filmed with permission
The Science Of Gossip and Rumors
Gossip is something that’s been around for ages- it’s even talked about in the Bible! Trace explains how gossip and rumor have plain an important role on human evolution and its impact on society.
via DNews Channel.
America’s native prisoners of war - Aaron Huey
Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/america-s-native-prisoners-of-war-aaron-huey
via TED Education.
How to stop torture - Karen Tse
Political prisoners aren’t the only ones being tortured — the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in ‘functioning’ legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.
via TED Education.
How economic inequality harms societies - Richard Wilkinson
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.
via TED Education.