Category “Conference”

Salman Khan talk at TED

Ok so this isn't exactly a documentary but more of a interesting conference talk at TED from Salman Khan, the creator of www.khanacademy.org. He explains how he came to create this fantastic site and the great potential it has to benefit todays society. I came across this video today and I felt I should share it as it really is a great site, in all honesty I have known about this site for quite some time now and in fact it has actually helped get me through some pretty tough college semesters. The site again is: www.khanacademy.org Well worth a...

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Arithmetic, Population And Energy

A lecture on exponential growth and why it is a...

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My Trip To Al-Qaeda

The events of 9/11 left a nation in shock. The devastation that occurred on that day lives in the heart of each American. The country, paralyzed with questions, tried to heal and rationalize the complexity of such an atrocity. One man followed his personal questioning and took actions that led him on a trip he will not soon forget. Journalist Lawrence Wright explored the moral dilemmas he experienced as he researched Al-Qaeda and the road that lead to the 9/11 tragedy. Lawrence Wright is the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist that followed his heart. His story was first staged in a...

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Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by...

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David Lynch: Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain

The inside story on transcending the brain, with David Lynch, Award-winning film director of Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mullholland Drive, Inland Empire; John Hagelin, Ph.D., Quantum physicist featured in “What the bleep do we know?;” And Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition Maharishi University of Management. Credits: producers:UC Berkeley Educational Technology Services, speaker: David Lynch, speaker: John Hagelin, Ph.D., speaker: Fred Travis,...

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Plan of Action: How the Spinal Cord Controls Movement

Thomas M. Jessell, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, examines the neural circuits that control our movements. Neural circuits give us a glimpse of how brain wiring and circuit activity control specific behaviors, including the movement of our limbs. Consider baseball player Lou Gehrig's remarkable hand-eye coordination, or the purity of cellist Jacqueline du Pré's tone. Yet, both examples also remind us of the fragility of the motor system: Gehrig succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and du Pré to multiple sclerosis. Neural circuits, sensory feedback systems and signals...

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The Neurons that Shaped Civilization

In this short 10 minute video, neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know...

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The Mystery of Empty Space

Get ready to re-think your ideas of reality. Join UCSD physicist Kim Griest as he takes you on a fascinating excursion, addressing some of the massive efforts and tantalizing bits of evidence which suggest that what goes on in empty space determines the properties of the three-dimensional existence we know and love, and discusses how that reality may be but the wiggling of strings from other...

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Distorted Morality

In this remarkable documentary Distorted Morality, Noam Chomsky offers a riveting but devastating critique of America’s current war on terror arguing, in fact, that it is a logistical impossibility for such a war to be taking place. Professor Chomsky presents his reasoning with astonishing and refreshing clarity, drawing from a wealth of historical knowledge and analysis. “Only those who are entirely ignorant of modern history will be surprised by the course of events, or by the justifications that are provided…” Noam Chomsky is a renowned scholar, the founder of the modern...

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