Posted on 26 March 2010
Sam Harris talks about the relationship between science, human values and how the seperation between the two is an illusion. There are truths to be known about how human communities flourish and how morality relates to these truths. Moral values are also a certain kind of fact that talk about the well-being of conscious creatures. In other words Sam Harris is saying that science is not only descriptive (by helping us get what we value) but can also be prescriptive (by telling us what we should value).
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Posted on 27 January 2010
Our health depends in part on environmental impacts. As Bill Davenhall shared at TEDMED, there are trends of specific health risks associated with specific locations. We need to know more about where we live and what impact it may have on our health.
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Posted on 02 January 2010
Lifestyle changes, according to Dr. Dean Ornish, can turn on your good genes and help you live longer and better lives. All this without the high costs of new drugs and treatments that will usually cost you a fortune or expose you to countless side effects –
learn more at http://sideeffectsofxarelto.org/xarelto-lawsuits/. (Ornish’s segment starts at 4:19)
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Posted on 06 December 2009
A creative and inspirational social experiment idea to make walking the stairs fun again! A group of Swedes set out to re-kindle peoples fun and playfulness as a way to get people walking the stairs instead of taking the escalator. So “obvious” choice was to transform the staircase into a piano. Each step a represents a separate note and when you step onto one you’ll hear the sound. Brilliant! I find little things like these to be hope inspiring.
from The Fun Factory.com “This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”
Posted on 19 May 2009
This is Lecture #1 of the famous Positive Psychology course taught at Harvard University by professor Tal Ben-Shahar. These are my original notes, with a little editing, from Lecture #1 while I took Tal Ben-Shahar’s Positive Psychology class through Harvard’s Extension School. Thanks to someone who has uploaded the actual lecture, you can what it below. Here’s also a past Syllabus from the 2007-08 course. Read the full story
Posted on 29 December 2008
Tom Munnecke interviewed or rather had a casual feeling conversation with Jonathan Haidt about how he came to positive psychology, his exploration of uplifting emotions, and different types of evolutionary processes.
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Posted on 17 December 2008
In his presentation at TED, psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, shares what creativity, fulfillment, and flow are as well as their relationship to each other. He starts off with a brief personal history and transitions that to what is known of flow experiences and their importance to both creativity and fulfillment. Read the full story
Posted on 11 December 2008
In his appearance at TED Talks, psychologist Martin Seligman presented a compact introduction to what positive psychology is and why it matters. If you are already familiar with the field, you will find it a real treat to have your memory refreshed by the man who is considered to be the father of this organized re-balancing of psychology. Read the full story
Posted on 07 December 2008
In his presentation, biochemist Gregory Petsk talks about the aging world population and the expected epidemic of neurological diseases. In particular he focuses on individuals above the age of 65 who have an exponentially greater risk of being afflicted. Read the full story
Posted on 06 December 2008
TED is a yearly conference where great thinkers and doers share through inspirational presentations their thoughts, experience, and knowledge. The central philosophy is summed up by their slogan: Ideas worth spreading. It is a real treat to have free access to over 340 presentations and I would urge everyone to take advantage of this invaluable resource, it is something worthy of each of our time. Read the full story
Posted on 02 December 2008
In this brief presentation Andy Hobsbawm urges all of us to employ the power of creativity in the service of fighting global warming. As an example during the second half of the video he shows a video clip that calls on us to walk instead of drive and does so through a story told in a very creative way. Read the full story