25 June 2010

Innovation in Education

Finally a TED Talk that gets what is really needed in education. Charles Leadbeater gives this talk focusing on the needs of the urban slum dwellers, but it gets at the heart of the kind of innovation that is truly needed.

13 June 2010

Pinker Countering the Media Critics

Here's Steven Pinker's counter arguments to those who criticize the electronic media environment for dumbing us down and causing distraction.

PowerPoint, we’re told, is reducing discourse to bullet points. Search engines lower our intelligence, encouraging us to skim on the surface of knowledge rather than dive to its depths. Twitter is shrinking our attention spans.

But such panics often fail basic reality checks.

12 June 2010

Famous Neuroscientists on The Basics of Their Field

The panel includes: Daniel Levitin, Sam Wang, Rebecca Saxe, & Michael Gazzaniga with moderator Carl Zimmer.

Each taking their turn answering some questions: