July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

[embedded content] Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Makes Us … Us About Steven Pinker’s TED Talk Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we’ve come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us … us. About Steven Pinker Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker questions the very

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

[embedded content] Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Makes Us … Us About Sam Sternberg’s TED Talk Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution. About Sam Sternberg As a doctoral researcher in

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

She Offered The Robber A Glass Of Wine, And That Flipped The Script

Manual Cinema/NPR This week’s Invisibilia podcast and show explore what happens when people flip the script, responding to situations in ways that are completely unexpected. We tend to respond to aggression with aggression, kindness with kindness. Usually that works just fine. But sometimes turning 180 degrees can change the world.

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated

The Zagros Mountain range, which lies at the border between Iran and Iraq, was home to some of the world’s earliest farmers. JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images Sometime around 12,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors began trying their hand at farming.

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Makes Us … Us About John Searle’s TED Talk Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon. About John Searle John Searle

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July 14, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Marine ecologist Neil Hammerschlag says he can sometimes identify sharks like Emma (pictured) by the way they move. “It’s pretty cool to be able to jump in the water and say, ‘Hey look, there’s Emma the tiger shark!’ ” Neil Hammerschlag hide caption toggle caption Neil Hammerschlag The first time

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