The brain is what makes us function, yet we understand so little about how it works. We are learning more about the brain by using new technology to monitor epilepsy patients during surgery. Moran Cerf explains the process doctors use to explore the brain further.
How are we, as humans, compared with others ?
An interesting video with life by the numbers.
There are now more than 7 billion human beings on Earth, and that got me wondering: How successful are we compared to other species? I take a look at out how our numbers stack up to some other domains of life. It turns out that biomass, or what things weigh, can be more important than how many of something there are. Find out how our numbers stack up against everything from bugs to bacteria, and get ready for some mind-blowing numbers!
An interesting video about the love of mathematics and it’s place in our reality from RSA.
Acclaimed author and one of the world’s most extraordinary minds, Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique perspective on how mathematics can help us to make sense of the world and our place in it.
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How does mathematics shape our lives and give our experiences meaning? Can mathematical modelling predict human behaviour, and how can equations help us to make sense of the people we love?
Acclaimed author of Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet is hailed the world over for his extraordinary mind and unique intelligence. A high-functioning autistic savant and synaesthete, Tammet perceives words and numbers as shapes, colours, and emotions, and holds the European record for reciting the mathematical constant Pi to 22,514 decimal places.
Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique glimpse at the extraordinary and misunderstood language that governs our world, and to explain the infinite mathematical possibilities that surround us.
This is an interesting post about thinking like Sherlock Holmes.
How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes?
This question occupies Konnikova’s book, “Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes” [http://goo.gl/t3puL]. Her answer can be summed up in one word: mindfulness. Mindfulness is “staying in the present moment and learning how to concentrate and how to focus your mind so that it really can avoid any distractions, can avoid anything that might kind of get it off track, Konnikova tells us.
This “scientific method of mind” makes use of the brain as an “attic” in the sense that the space in the brain is a finite resource. To think like Sherlock you need to optimize your mental resources and then figure out how you can take the things you’ve stored and access them in a way where you can “see the bigger picture and not just these random components” that you put there.
This is a commercial from Australia about enjoying the ride in this busy world.
Enjoy the Ride is a Road Safety Council of Western Australia initiative, brought to you by the Office of Road Safety. Our aim is to show Western Australian drivers that there is an alternative to speeding — on the road and in life. And it’s a better way.
This is an interesting post from RSA, on a more philosophical note, on anti-fragility or how to live in a world with uncertainty.
Radical philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a blueprint for how to live – and thrive – in a world we don’t understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to predict.