My Curations

How to Encounter Knowledge

It is all about emerging out of Plato's cave, no matter how strong the shackles are. Often, these chains are constructs of our own mind – our biases, our fallacies, our fears, our stubbornness. Paradoxically, the stronger our misconception is, the weaker is our grip on reality. To encounter knowledge is just like being in a dense forest waiting to spot a tiger. You have to be patient. Sit for hours, peacefully. The tiger may appear. Or may not. And when it emerges, you have to be in a state of Zen to be able to look into its eyes - to embrace the moment. And you travel from forest to forest in search of that encounter. To eventually become a great storyteller.

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Slavery and Capitalism

Slavery and Capitalism

By Sven Beckert

Few topics have animated today's chattering classes more than capitalism. In the wake of the global economic crisis, the discussion has...

In 1911, Albert Einstein told 
Marie Curie to ignore the 
Trolls

In 1911, Albert Einstein told Marie Curie to ignore the Trolls

Robbie Gonzalez

On Friday, a digitized trove of Albert Einstein's writings and correspondence was made available online. While perusing the collection,...

Publish and perish at
Imperial College London:
the death of Stefan Grimm

Publish and perish at Imperial College London: the death of Stefan Grimm

DC's Improbable Science

This week's Times Higher Education carried a report of the death, at age 51, of Professor Stefan Grimm: Imperial College London to 'review...

To Advance Education, We

To Advance Education, We

Luba Vangelova

Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the...

How to keep the dream alive
despite the challenges

How to keep the dream alive despite the challenges

Shadi Saleh

I believe that a dreamer is one step closer to being an entrepreneur – what makes an entrepreneur is the ability to keep the dream alive...

What Would Be a Radically
Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

Katrina Schwartz

There's no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but...

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About

By Zubin Davar

I admire the way PayPal (EBAY) co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel expresses his opinions, however unpopular...

What's Our Vision for the
Future of Learning?

What's Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

By David Price

For 150 years, formal education has adopted an 'inside-out' mindset – schools and colleges have usually been organised around the needs ...

Major brain pathway 
rediscovered

Major brain pathway rediscovered

www.theguardian.com I By Mo Costandi

A massive white matter tract at the back of the brain, overlooked for the past century, might be crucial for skills such as reading...

A Textbook Example of

A Textbook Example of

By Tamim Ansary

Some years ago, I signed on as an editor at amajor publisher of elementary school and high school textbooks,...

To Get More Out of Science,
Show the Rejected Research

To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research

By Brendan Nyhan

In 2013, the federal government spent over $30 billion to support basic scientific research. These funds help create knowledge and stimulate...

The 10 greatest changes of
the past 1,000 years

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

By Ian Mortimer

In Europe, the last millennium has been shaped by successive waves of change, but which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern...

The Empire of Edge

The Empire of Edge

By Patrick Radden Keefe

As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had...

The future is disappearing:
How humanity is falling
short of its grand
technological promise

The future is disappearing: How humanity is falling short of its grand technological promise

By Christian Cantrell

What I find most interesting about typical visions of the future isn't all the fanciful and borderline magical technology that hasn't been invented...

A 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov
on Creativity

A 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

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In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of...

Why your brain loves good

Why your brain loves good

By Paul J. Zak

It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart...

When Those Who Know 
Won't Share

When Those Who Know Won't Share

www.nytimes.com I By Phyllis Korkki

Teamwork may be important in the workplace, but research shows that individual workers find various rationales for keeping knowledge to...

He may have unravelled 
DNA,but James Watson 
deserves to be shunned

He may have unravelled DNA,but James Watson deserves to be shunned

By Adam Rutherford

The great scientist James Watson is to auction his Nobel prize medal. He told the Financial Times this week that following accusations of racism in 2007...

Thomas Docherty on

Thomas Docherty on

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk

The concept of academic freedom is a product of the modern era. Its exercise is usually considered in terms of the questioning of received...



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The great brain debate - Ted

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Throughout history, scientists have proposed conflicting ideas on how the brain carries out functions like perception, memory, and movement. . Is each of these tasks...

How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries - Adam Savage

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-simple-ideas-lead-to-scientific-discoveries. Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound...

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature &Power

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Today, we are revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, who debated the question in 1971: Is there such a thing as...

Dangerous Ideas - Deepak Chopra & Richard Dawkins

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A discussion betwen Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on 11-09-2013. Broadcast and hosted by CDI (www.ciudaddelasideas.com). I do not own the content...

The Future of Business Rests in Faith and Philosophy

By Orion Jones

While plenty of criticism is leveled at contemporary business practices that focus on short-term, i.e. quarterly, profit, this way of doing business is a historical...

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

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Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have...

Wim Wenders Painter Filmmaker

Wim Wenders Painter Filmmaker

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The world was such a better world in paintings than in reality." Through paintings German filmmaker Wim Wenders discovered the possibility of a different...

Capitalism Gone Wild

Capitalism Gone Wild

By Julia Kirby,

Julia Kirby, HBR editor-at-large, explains how our economic system got to this sad state—and where to look for hope...

What could it possibly mean to have multiple universes when "universe" means everything?

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What could it possibly mean to have multiple universes when "universe" means everything?...

To Be Human is to be Transhuman

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We are as gods and might as well get good at it..

How do we know who we are?

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With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of science's....

Time Travel, Teaching and the Meaning of Life

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Panellists: Brian Cox, Particle Physicist and TV Presenter; Matt Colwell aka 360, Rapper; Miranda Tapsell, Actress; Richard Gill, Artistic Director...

How the world really works

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As we will never return to 'business as usual' 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain...

Sir Karl Popper's "Science as Falsification"

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Originally published in "Conjectures and Refutations" (1963). A key discussion in the philosophy of science of Sir Karl's Problem of Demarcation and the...

Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

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Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome - Ray Laurence

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Welcome to the world of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a 17-year old living in Rome in 73 AD. His life is a typical one of arranged marriages, coming-of-age festivals,...

Genetic Engineering Will Create Super-Intelligent Humans Within a Decade

By Orion Jones

Because intelligence is such a strong genetic trait, rapidly advancing genetics research could result in the ability to create a class of super-intelligent humans one...

11 Must-See Lesons from Ted-Ed

11 Must-See Lesons from Ted-Ed

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Bite-size snacks of knowledge, TED-Ed Video Lessons are short, free educational videos written by educators and students, then animated by some of the most...