My Favorite 2018 TED Talks
The Discoveries Awaiting us in the Ocean’s Twilight Zone
by Heidi M. Sosik
Heidi’s presentation was another one of my favorite moments this year. This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of  TED’s “The Audacious Project”, an initiative to inspire global change.

 


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Guest Post: What Is Spirituality?
An excerpt from Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty
by Thomas Metzinger
Here’s something to spend the weekend contemplating…


Can something like a completely secularized form of spirituality exist? Or is this idea perhaps incoherent—something that on second sight cannot be described consistently and without getting lost in obvious contradictions?
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10% Happier Podcast Interview
Susan Kaiser Greenland and I talk with Dan Harris on his 10% Happier podcast. Our conversation is wide-ranging—from teaching meditation in schools to careerism in the secular mindfulness movement. Dan is a self-described fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.
He is author of the bestselling book 10% Happier.

 

 

 

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(podcast #121)

Mass: The quest to understand matter from Greek atoms to quantum fields
by Jim Baggott

Read an excerpt from Baggott’s intriguing new book!


What we have discovered is that the foundations of our universe are not as solid or as certain and dependable as we might have once imagined. They are instead built from ghosts and phantoms, of a peculiar quantum kind…

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The Farthest—Voyager in Space
I was looking forward to watching The Farthest—Voyager in Space, and it ended up exceeding all of my expectations. I highly recommend this beautiful and exhilarating film about a wondrous human feat!

 

 

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Guest Post: The Mystery of Time
An Excerpt from Your Brain is a Time Machine, by Dean Buonomano
I enjoyed every minute of my work on Dean’s latest book, as it explores some of the most fascinating questions about both the universe and the brain: What is time? Why does time seem to speed up or slow down? Is our sense that time flows an illusion? Dean illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, spacetime, and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. This is an exciting, mind-bending read!

 


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Your Brain Is A Time Machine

Guest Post: Rockets Rising
An excerpt (#2!) from Rise of the Rocket Girls, by Nathalia Holt
This is the first time I’ve ever done this… But I think the history is so important, and Nathalia has done such a beautiful job of getting it down so eloquently on paper, that I’ve posted another excerpt from her book.

Rockets were considered fringe science, and the people who worked on them weren’t taken seriously. When Frank [Malina] asked one of his professors at Caltech, Fritz Zwicky, for help on a problem, the teacher told him, “You’re a bloody fool. You’re trying to do something impossible. Rockets can’t work in space.” …
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Guest Post: Rocket Girls
An excerpt from Rise of the Rocket Girls, by Nathalia Holt
Fascinating, beautifully written, enlightening history… I love this book.

6996763824_56cf3aba81_o… It was 1968, and the women were gearing up for another go at Mars. Mariner 6 and 7 would be the latest craft to fly by the Red Planet. The computers eagerly plotted the spacecraft’s trajectories and programmed the instruments that would probe the planet from space in search of extraterrestrial life. Helen was doing contingency planning, just in case something went wrong…
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Guest Post: Life’s Beginning
An Excerpt From The Selfish Gene, By Richard Dawkins (40th Anniversary)
40 years later, this is still one of the best descriptions of evolution and natural selection of all time. Happy Birthday to “The Selfish Gene”! If you haven’t read it yet, you owe it to yourself to read it now:

…Chemists have tried to imitate the chemical conditions of the young earth. They have put these simple substances in a flask and supplied a source of energy such as ultraviolet light or electric sparks – artificial simulation of primordial lightning. After a few weeks of this, something interesting is usually found inside the flask… Continue Reading

Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time
by Dean Buonomano

My latest editing project is now available for pre-order!

What is time? Why does time seem to speed up or slow down? Is our sense that time flows an illusion? Dean presents his own influential theory of how the brain tells time, and he illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, spacetime, and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. 
 

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Video: Gravitational Waves Detected
A team of scientists announced on Thursday [February 11, 2016] that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away…
by Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Corum and Jason Drakeford

Gravitational Waves

 

 

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