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The optimism bias | Tali Sharot The optimism bias | Tali Sharot
Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference[...]
Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like “farting around … in the dark.” In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests [...]
Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness
Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of rese[...]