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Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

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Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Can Math Answer Absurd Questions?

Friday, March 06, 2015

When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math -- Star Wars.

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Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

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What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

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Can Math Make You A Better Musician?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Drummer Clayton Cameron tells a story about how his math skills helped him impress the godfather of soul, James Brown.

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Why Is 3 A Magic Number?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron continues his thoughts about the relationship between math and rhythm and why the number three "feels great."

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How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

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How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.

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How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

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What Makes The Human Brain Unique?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup so she can meticulously count the neurons and determine why human brains are unique.

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What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She has spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

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What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson โ€” and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.

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How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.

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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.

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How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says as dangerous as envy can be, it can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Friday, February 06, 2015

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered โ€” what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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