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To Get a Third Party on the Debate Stage

April 19, 2013


Eric Charles,

Eric is an assistant professor of psychology with many publications presenting novel research in psychology, and exploring the history and theory of psychology. He has also done medieval and renaissance reenactment, including working from historic manuscripts to rediscover the principles of Italian,...

Why "scout mindset" is crucial to good judgment

April 04, 2016

Philosophy Ethics

Julia Galef,

Julia introduces a metaphor of soldiers and scouts to describe two very different approaches to thinking. To illustrate these two mindsets in action, I tell the story of the Dreyfus Affair: how one man was wrongfully convicted of treason, and how another realized this fact and fought to exonerate hi...

What if age is just a state of mind?

May 04, 2015

Philosophy Science

Bruce Grierson,

Why do some people age more slowly than others? The usual suspects are genetic good fortune and lifestyle interventions like diet, sleep and exercise. But one factor that has been vastly overlooked: the thoughts we think. In this talk, social-science writer Bruce Grierson draws on cutting-edge resea...

NASA Green Flight Challenge

December 14, 2011


Jack Langelaan,

Jack Langelaan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. One of his research areas focuses on flight path planning for small robotic aircraft, specifically on enabling "bird-like" flight by exploiting winds aloft. This can greatly impr...

Whitehat Hackers: Their Role in an Increasingly Technological World

April 04, 2016


Jens Grossklags,

Jens Grossklags talks about ethical hackers as computer security experts and their role today and in the future.
Jens Grossklags is an Assistant Professor and holds the endowed Haile Family Early Career Assistant Professorship at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvani...

Through the Eyes of an Illegal Immigrant

April 04, 2016

Social Justice Politics

Erik Gomez,

Erik, who crossed the border from Mexico with his family when he was five, walks us through his life as an illegal immigrant chasing the American dream. Through his story we are able to look at the contentious debate surrounding immigration through a different lens. Morales leaves us with several qu...

The Significance of Ethics and Ethics Education in Daily Life

April 04, 2016

Philosophy Ethics

Michael D. Burroughs,

Although we might not realize it, we all face ethical issues on a regular basis. But how do we know how to respond well to these issues, to make better (as opposed to worse) ethical decisions? In this TEDx talk Dr. Michael D. Burroughs discusses the numerous kinds of ethical issues we face, possibil...

Creating universities of life

May 02, 2014


Travis Tennessen,

What kinds of technologies do we need to build the lives, the communities, and the world that we want? Dr. Travis Tennessen makes the case that new gadgets are not the answer, and that instead we should turn toward simple, elegant, and sustainable social technologies like "universities of life". A u...

Why we need core values

May 01, 2015

Philosophy Ethics

James Franklin,

What are your core values and are you using them to improve the quality of your life and your work? Part of discovering what values exist at your core is looking back at the failures and triumphs of life to improve and ensure a successful future.
James Franklin is approaching his second season as t...

Silicon Nanophotonics: turn off the dark

April 30, 2015

Technology Science Engineering

Ritesh Agarwal,

In this talk I will briefly discuss the amazing progress made in the area of computer technology outlining some key advances leading to the development of modern computers. However, in order to continue the same rate of progress, we have to find new ways to make Silicon, a workhorse material in our ...


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