Being Kind Is Our Default Response, Contrary to Popular Belief

When we think of compassion we often think that I’m either a compassionate person or I’m not. So and so is compassionate or not. The truth is that research shows that we all have compassion and that being kind is actually our first response. It’s our first automatic tendency. So Continue Reading

Faith and Hope Are Two Different Philosophical Mindsets | Sam Newlands

What’s interesting is that hope in particular seems to have a kind of really low barrier for cognitive consistency. So as long as I don’t believe something to be impossible, it seems to be an object that’s at least possible for me to hope for. So I don’t think it’s Continue Reading

Faith Is Absurd—Let’s Embrace the Comedy in That | Adam Mansbach

For me as a writer across all kinds of genres and disciplines, whether it’s screenwriting or literary fiction or obscene fake children’s books, humor is always one of the most important tools in my palette. There are things that you can get people to come to the table on if Continue Reading

Why social design is a north star for entrepreneurs | Cheryl Heller

Design thinking is a process for developing multiple ideas with a particular user in mind and new ways to solve problems based on the creative design process. There’s nothing inherent in design thinking that has benefit or no benefit to society. Social design is looking at ways to affect entire Continue Reading

A Brief History of South Africa, with Dave Steward

One of the things that’s very important to understand about South Africa is that it is like so many other African countries an artificial entity created by the Brits. The South Africa that we know in its present borders is only 104 years old. And in 1990 when we went Continue Reading

The Neurochemistry of Flow States, with Steven Kotler

Besides neuroanatomical changes in flow there are neurochemical changes, right. The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals, right. So they make you faster, stronger, quicker and they do the same thing with your Continue Reading

Jordan Peterson: Inequality and hierarchy give life its purpose

If you don’t have anything to look up to, you don’t have anything to do, right? A lot of the meaning that people find in their lives is purpose driven. And in order to put effort into something, to work towards something, you have to assume axiomatically that what you’re Continue Reading

Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America | C. Nicole Mason

We’re not talking honestly about what it really takes to get from poverty to the middle class. So, for example, we know that only four percent of people who are born into poverty will ever make it to the upper middle class or to, you know, have middle class success. Continue Reading

Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence

Hi, my name is Nicholas Christakis and I’m a physician and a social scientist and the discipline I’m going to be speaking about to you today is sociology.  Sociology is the field in which you study human behavior and human experience and how it relates to the fact that individuals Continue Reading

Space capitalism: Is asteroid mining and space colonization legal? | Peter Ward

So the private space economy has emerged in the last several decades, I guess. But it’s really increased in speed over the past 10 years, I guess. SpaceX and Blue Origin are the ones that are really making this go faster. You know, Musk’s SpaceX is obviously launching rockets at Continue Reading