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Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.

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Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?

Friday, April 07, 2017

After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.

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Esra'a: Would You Speak Up ... Even If It's Dangerous?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Esra'a is an activist who lives in Bahrain and identifies as queer — which puts her at great risk. Despite that, she's speaking out to build community and empathy within the LGBTQ community.

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James Hansen: What Makes A Scientist Take A Stand?

Friday, April 07, 2017

When James Hansen spoke up about climate change in the 1980s, he risked the loss of his job and reputation. But, he says, it was worth it — because he could not be silent about something so important.

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Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.

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Adam Galinsky: What Drives Us To Speak Up?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Social psychologist Adam Galinsky studies why it's so daunting to speak up — and what can help. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to take that risk is "moral conviction."

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Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Friday, March 24, 2017

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Friday, March 24, 2017

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

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Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

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Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?

Friday, March 10, 2017

One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.

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Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

Friday, March 10, 2017

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.

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Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.

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Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?

Friday, March 10, 2017

We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Friday, February 24, 2017

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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