The linguistic genius of babies | Patricia Kuhl

I want you to take a look at this baby. What you’re drawn to are her eyes and the skin you love to touch. But today I’m going to talk to you about something you can’t see. What’s going on up in that little brain of hers. The modern tools of neuroscience are demonstrating to […]

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

What is going on in this baby’s mind? If you’d asked people this 30 years ago, most people, including psychologists, would have said that this baby was irrational, illogical, egocentric — that he couldn’t take the perspective of another person or understand cause and effect. In the last 20 years, developmental science has completely overturned […]

Tackling Child Marriage: An Economic Approach | Dr Zaki Wahhaj | Think Kent

My name is Dr Zaki Wahhaj and I’m a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Kent. My research focuses on developing countries and in particular I’m interested in how social and cultural practices are sustained in societies and how they evolve. In today’s lecture I’m going to talk about the […]

Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth: Saraswathi Vedam at TEDxAmherstCollege

Translator: Gillian Kulik Reviewer: Hélène Vernet Today, I’m going to talk to you, as they said, about birth, but I’m going to talk a little bit more about what we know of ourselves as humans: home birth. Clay Christensen says that disruptive innovation transforms a practice or a product that has commonly been traditionally available […]

George Dyson: The birth of the computer

Last year, I told you the story, in seven minutes, of Project Orion, which was this very implausible technology that technically could have worked, but it had this one-year political window where it could have happened. So it didn’t happen. It was a dream that did not happen. This year I’m going to tell you […]

Deb Roy: The birth of a word

Imagine if you could record your life — everything you said, everything you did, available in a perfect memory store at your fingertips, so you could go back and find memorable moments and relive them, or sift through traces of time and discover patterns in your own life that previously had gone undiscovered. Well that’s […]

How banning the African drum gave birth to American music | Chris Johnson | TEDxHudson

Translator: Tijana Mihajlović Reviewer: Denise RQ When I was in graduate school working on the doctorate, I eventually reached the point where you have to decide on a topic for the dissertation. The dissertation, or thesis, or book has to be original and it has to make a contribution to the field, in my case, […]

The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar – Kathryn Tempest

What would you do if you thought your country was on the path to tyranny? If you saw one man gaining too much power, would you try to stop him? Even if that man was one of your closest friends and allies? These were the questions haunting Roman Senator Marcus Junius Brutus in 44 BCE, […]

How do animals experience pain? – Robyn J. Crook

Humans know the surprising prick of a needle, the searing pain of a stubbed toe, and the throbbing of a toothache. We can identify many types of pain and have multiple ways of treating it. But what about other species? How do the animals all around us experience pain? It’s important that we find out. […]

The science of milk – Jonathan J. O’Sullivan

Why do humans drink so much milk? And given that all mammals lactate, why do we favor certain types of milk over others? Milk is the first thing we drink, and thanks to developments in the production and variety of dairy products, it can take on countless forms for our dietary and sensory well-being. Milk’s […]