Can Statistics Come Alive?

Worldometers was recently voted as one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association. It is truly hard to imagine how many people are born or die this particular minute…

Planned Obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the obsolescence of a product is planned and built into it from its design. This is done so that in future the consumer feels a need to purchase new products and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements for the old ones…

Can We Recognize A Virtuoso?

A fantastic social experiment: A onetime child prodigy, at 39 Joshua Bell has arrived as an internationally acclaimed virtuoso. Three days before he appeared at the Metro station, Bell had filled the house at Boston’s Symphony Hall, where seats went for over $100. The event at the metro had been a test of whether ordinary people would recognize genius. During his 43 minutes of playing he got $32.17 and apart from the last person who recognized Bell, mostly children wanted to stay longer to listen but their parents coaxed them to leave… We are very busy. Too busy to listen to the young children and too busy to listen to the mature talents. Many children whom I was mentoring including Akiane and Ilia , her brother, participated in various exhibitions that naturally became social experiments. And I have seen identical apathy and indifference towards art, dance, philosophy, humor, music and other creative endeavors in many Western Countries. Very… very… very… few recognize true talent and genius. Then what about other children who have not developed their gifts but still want to share their skills with others? Just think about the blank world facing them!

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

Julian Baggini, a journalist and philosopher, shares a refreshing way of looking at ourselves. Are we a permanent, an unaltered identity or an ever changing mechanism of elements?

Derren Brown

Derren Brown is a performer who combines magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in order to seemingly predict and control human behaviour, as well as performing mind-bending feats of mentalism. For the past ten years Derren has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. I hugely respect Derren for his courage and honesty to reveal “the behind scenes” of mind control. I believe that what psychologists are studying and writing he is able to prove to millions of people instantly. I personally regard him as one of the greatest and most influential minds of this century who have acquainted the public to the powers and perils of the mind. For anyone who works in the field of education, law, psychology and sociology most of his series of investigation is a must watch.

How Things Have Changed

Computer and internet became a true extention of ourselves. If someone began handling our laptop/ipod it would feel identical to someone pulling our hair or tossing our handwritten journal in a wastebasket. The same human brain that had once visualized a computer eventually created one. But here is an odd self-feeding program: an actual physical computer/digital information is slowly becoming part of our brain circuitery. The Internet has become our library, our university, our clinic, our chat-room, our mailbox and our source of fantasy and entertainment. Soon the internet will become literaly an organic part of our brain: it will be connected to it directly. I can only imagine the way we will behave in another 10 to 20 years: happy, engaged and stimulated by an unstoppable avalanche of digital information. We will hardly miss each other. We will no longer need one another. We will definetly no longer need teachers and parental advice. Then what is a difference between a monk who can pacify or entertain himself with various images pulsing in the brain yet needing no one for his contentment and a future student downloaded with digital data full of inspirational or stimulational information? The line between the reality and fantasy is getting more and more blurry…Or is there a line at all?

Bond Between Fathers And Babies

What a beautiful bond between fathers and babies? Too sad that a crib along with hundreds of other modern society gadgets often weakens it. This video clearly shows what babies truly need. A wise father knows that the future happiness depends on today's affection…

Art With Wire, Sugar

Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images…

Biomimicry

In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build…

3D Printing

One of the most important changes in the world that will soon revolutionize the way we shop, design and fix things is 3D Printing. This “extraterrestrial accomplishment” printer even now can be bought for 300 dollars…