05 September 2017

Simon Sinek: What game theory teaches us about war

Contrasting infinite and finite goals, Sinek explains how can make decisions that are both consistent across time and understandable to our friends and allies.

What game theory teaches us about war | Simon Sinek

30 August 2017

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Sinek delves into the biology of leadership explaining much of the context behind what makes a good leader good. There is a surprising amount of biochemistry behind how leaders make their followers feel.

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

29 May 2017

"How We Decide" by Jonah Lehrer

The decision process, something that we do hundreds of times a day, seems so straight-forward and natural but involves some really complex internal processes. Making a decision is a delightful orchestration of mental processing, short-term memory, long-term memory and some far reaching chemical processes.

Interesting tidbit one: The more we think, the less we feel. Studies have shown that when people know how expensive something is, their enjoyment of it increases. However, when participating in blind taste tests (without knowing the price) they often enjoy the cheaper items more.

Interesting tidbit two: The best way to make complex decisions is to study them, then distract yourself for a while (to let your subconscious process the information) then, suddenly, be forced to make a decision. This allows your intuition to pop out the results of your subconscious processing.

16 March 2017

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado: To solve old problems, study new species

Alvarado suggests that instead of studying the same seven species that we have been studying in our decades of biological research, we should studying new species.

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado: To solve old problems, study new species

02 March 2017

16 February 2017

Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt

Sometimes we spend our whole lives travelling only to find ourselves back where we started. Sure, the facades have changed and the voices are different, but the settings and placements are the same. Gerald shares his journey of such.

02 February 2017

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory

I have watched a couple of talks by Greene before, and once again he does a good job of explaining the complicated. This time, how String Theory works.

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory

24 January 2017

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

Cox presents a good overview of the quantum physics as he talks about the reason for the experiments at the CERN.

He also shares a beautiful "creation story" that pieces together all the beautiful learnings science has brought together in the past several decades.

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

19 January 2017

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics

Shortly predating the discovery of gravitational waves, Adams briefly explains why it matters that we were able to detect the very, very faint echoes of the Big Bang.

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics

10 January 2017

Allan Adams: What the discovery of gravitational waves means

This news was a big deal recently and Adams tells us why.

Interestingly, we found the gravitational waves because we were exploring the universe in a completely different way. Instead of trying to "see" things like our telescopes do, we were "listening". This technique will allows us to discover new things about the universe that we would otherwise never be able to know.

Allan Adams: What the discovery of gravitational waves means