May 31, 2010


STEPHEN FRY: WHAT I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN I WAS 18 from Peter Samuelson on Vimeo.

Don’t set yourself goals. (They keep you from fulfilling who you really are.) Keep your ego in check. (You’ll be better liked, and more opportunities will come your way.) Have heroes. Get outside your comfort zone.


May 30, 2010

Google Wave: Introduction

Meet Google Wave

Waving in Groups

Getting Started with Google Wave

Google Wave: 15 features

Google Wave presentation - abridged

Google Wave: Live collaborative editing

Google Wave: Natural Language Processing

Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009


Google Wave at Google IO 2010 Keynote


Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds

To see with the interactive transcipt, go to the TED site.

May 29, 2010

The Evolution of Human Biodiversity: The Human Brain


May 28, 2010

Is it Okay to be Optimistic?

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves


One Laptop per Child: Negroponte says XO-3 prototype tablet coming in 2010

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.

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May 27, 2010

Tim Brown urges designers to think big

"Design thinking begins with what Roger Martin, the business school professor at the University of Toronto, calls integrative thinking. And that's the ability to exploit opposing ideas and opposing constraints to create new solutions. In the case of design, that means balancing desirability, what humans need, with technical feasibility, and economic viability. "

"The first of those is that design is human-centered. It may integrate technology and economics, but it starts with what humans need, or might need. What makes life easier, more enjoyable? What makes technology useful and usable? But that is more than simply good ergonomics, putting the buttons in the right place. It's often about understanding culture and context before we even know where to start to have ideas."

"Instead of starting with technology, the team started with people and culture. So if human need is the place to start, then design thinking rapidly moves on to learning by making. Instead of thinking about what to build, building in order to think. Now prototypes speed up the process of innovation. Because it is only when we put our ideas out into the world that we really start to understand their strengths and weaknesses. And the faster we do that, the faster our ideas evolve."

"Instead of seeing its primary objective as consumption, design thinking is beginning to explore the potential of participation. The shift from a passive relationship between consumer and producer to the active engagement of everyone in experiences that are meaningful, productive and profitable."

"By focusing on the needs of humans and by using prototypes to move ideas along quickly, by getting the process out of the hands of designers, and by getting the active participation of the community, we can tackle bigger and more interesting questions."

"The first step is to start asking the right questions."


May 25, 2010

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

"If you're prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

"There were no public systems of eduation before the 19th century. They all came into being t meet the needs of industrialism."


"If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it happen? If a man speaks his mind in a forest, and no woman hears him, is he still wrong? "

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!


May 24, 2010

Jack Dorsey: The 3 Keys to Twitter's Success


Marshall McLuhan - Explorations - 05-18-1960 - The World is a Global Village


May 23, 2010

Conversations with History: David Harvey

Transcript is available at:


May 22, 2010

Why Darwin's idea is so dangerous: Daniel Dennett


Craig Venter unveils "synthetic life"


May 21, 2010



Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey


Theory of Mind - Robert Seyfarth, RDF TV


Milgram's Obedience to Authority Experiment 2009 1/3


May 19, 2010

Can Monkeys Talk? - Robert Seyfarth, RDF TV



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History of the Internet

History of the Internet from Melih Bilgil on Vimeo.


May 18, 2010

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language - Episode # 1 Let There Be Words

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode #2 Constant Change preview

Speaking in Tongue: The History of language Episode # 3 Mother Tongue - preview

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode # 4 Civilization to Colonization - preview

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode # 5 Life and Death - preview

Complete version is available from Films Media Group


Matt Ridley on Evolution, Economics, and "Ideas Having Sex"

RDF TV - The Search For Hidden Dimensions - Brian Greene

May 17, 2010

Meet The Author: Richard Dawkins

Jared Diamond on why societies collapse

Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty

See also

Annual Review of Economics
Vol. 1: 151-178 (Volume publication date September 2009)
First published online as a Review in Advance on April 21, 2009
The Experimental Approach to Development Economics

Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

May 16, 2010

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