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Juan Enriquez: What Can Happen If Humans Control The Future Of Evolution?

Friday, September 15, 2017

From genetically modified animals and crops, we can already manipulate DNA. But futurist Juan Enriquez argues soon we can take full control of human evolution to create a better life for all of us.

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Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? Not for Sam Harris. He says it's not a question of if but when — with potentially destructive consequences.

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Anab Jain: Can A Glimpse Of Tomorrow, Change Our Decisions Today?

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's hard to imagine how the future might look and feel. Anab Jain wants to change that. She designs prototypes of potentially grim futures to raise awareness of our choices in the present.

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Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing?

Friday, September 15, 2017

New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics.

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Moshe Szyf: How Do Our Experiences Rewire Our Brains And Bodies?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Many think genetic makeup is fixed from the moment we're born. But Moshe Szyf says this understanding is incomplete because our experiences and environment have the power to change our basic biology.

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Nadine Burke Harris: How Does Trauma Affect A Child's DNA?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris found an unsettling trend when examining patients at her clinic: trauma. She found that adversity can change a child's biology and result in severe health outcomes.

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Robert Sapolsky: How Much Agency Do We Have Over Our Behavior?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says nearly all aspects of human behavior are explained by biology: from developments millions of years in the past to microscopic reactions happening in the present.

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Brian Little: Are Human Personalities Hardwired?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Are you introverted or extroverted? It depends. When it comes to personality, psychologist Brian Little says we can actually act against our biology — especially if we pursue a "core life project."

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Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Friday, August 11, 2017

As principal of a low-performing school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman's students faced huge challenges. She shares how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students.

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Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?

Friday, August 11, 2017

When a student complained that science textbooks were boring, teacher Tyler DeWitt got thinking about how he can make his lessons fun. DeWitt recounts his quest to make kids care about science.

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Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: to make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.

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Andreas Schleicher: What Are The Keys To A Successful Education System?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Andreas Schleicher created PISA, an exam that compares the knowledge of 15-year-olds from around the world. He says the test can help us understand why some countries perform better than others.

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Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Technology allows us to choose information to support our beliefs. In this new reality, cybersecurity expert Laura Galante says, it's easier for foreign governments to influence public opinion.

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Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

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Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Friday, June 23, 2017

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Friday, June 23, 2017

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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Jia Jiang: Can You Train Yourself To Accept Rejection?

Friday, June 16, 2017

For 100 days, Jia Jiang did a bunch of random things - asking a stranger for $100, requesting a burger refill at a restaurant, asking for a haircut at PetSmart - all to conquer his fear of rejection.

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Emily Balcetis: If You Focus On The Finish Line, Will You Get There Faster?

Friday, June 16, 2017

To get better at anything, you need motivation. But conjuring it up can be tough. Psychologist Emily Balcetis says the key to better motivation is simple — just focus on the finish line.

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David Brooks: Can You Become A Better Person By Confronting Your Worst Self?

Friday, June 16, 2017

New York Times columnist David Brooks says success alone isn't enough to build character or achieve happiness. He says those things come from struggling for something bigger than yourself.

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