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Climate change: Why we need 70% of U.S. politicians to unite | Daniel Esty | Big Think

So when I served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the late 1980s and early 1990s climate change first came onto the public agenda in a big way, and there was at the time a UN process launched to think about this issue. There was, in fact, the inner governmental panel on climate change…

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The right to know: How does censorship affect academics? | Robert Quinn | Big Think

The university space is a microcosm in its ideal of what we would like society to be like. People have adequate food, they have adequate housing and they have a chance to develop their capacities and contribute to the meaningful decisions and discourse of their lives. So that’s the ideal. And academic freedom is the…

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What detoxifies a negative work environment? | Simon Sinek

When we talk about a trusting team or trusting partners I think very often we forget that trust is not an instruction. Trust is a feeling. You cannot tell someone to trust you. No leader can just tell their company trust me. It doesn’t work that way. Trust is a feeling. It’s a biological feeling…

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How does criticism affect popular culture? | A.O. Scott | Big Think

Popularity is a great question; it’s just an intriguing question. I think especially now in the kind of consumer capitalist culture where taste and sometimes quality is being measured in dollars and in numbers and in ratings and box office and all of that. And sometimes popularity is just taken to be sufficient kind of…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Scientists’ brains are wired to see differently

I get the sense that most people have never met a scientist in their life much less be able to claim one as their friend. So, here I am visible in many ways – on the internet, social media, documentaries and people see that. And they write me a letter as though I am their…

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Talking politics: A Thanksgiving guide to divisive conversations | Debra Mashek

Families are going to be gathering around tables. Those families there’s no guarantee that they’re all going to be thinking the same thing or believing the same thing and there are basically three choices here. Either you charge right into the political discussions and it blows up because you’re not necessarily prioritizing the relational aspects…

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Are Geniuses Born or Made? A Conversation with Dr. Joy Hirsch | BEST OF 2015

Carl Zimmer: We’re learning ways to perturb the brain and I’m just wondering do you think someday that people will be sort of enhancing kind of “natural” creativity to get people to be more like what we think of as geniuses or is that just not possible? Joy Hirsch: I love the idea of the…

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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

Hello, my name is Paul Bloom and I’m a Professor of Psychology at Yale University. And what I want to do today is present a brief introduction to psychology, which is the science of the human mind. Now, I’m admittedly biased, but I think psychology is the most interesting of all scientific fields. It’s the…

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