Deep optimism

This is a joy to hear. It is the balance to Al Gore sharing how the world is going to hell in hand baskets.

It’s abuot an hour and worth the listen. A scientist who might cheer you up.

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Matt Ridley: Deep Optimism

Season 1  :  Ep. 23|1:36:56|
Everything’s going to Hell in a handbasket! Or is it? Author and former Economist editor Matt Ridley takes a long-term view of humanity’s past to project a deeply optimistic view of our future.
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Surprising descriptions of Placebos

interesting 3 min vid that is amazing comment about what it is we can make our bodies feel through what we believe.

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The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

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The value of Language & Symbols

A truly amazing audio story of a modern Helen Keller experience. RadioLab is arguably the best podcast on the web, and this particular story is both well done and worth doing. I cannot recommended it more highly.

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It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that.

We meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

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Globla Health Trends

This has over 4 million views, so you may have seen it, but it is a truly amazing clip making sense of figures.

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Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four

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Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.