Keyword: brain

Your Plastic Brain

Video As a species, humans can adapt to whatever environment we are placed in. We have this extraordinarily high level of adaptability because of the plasticity of our brains. Humans have the best ability, compared to any other species on the planet, to "learn." Its what makes us the strongest species on the planet. However, we are  only good at doing what we rehearse, argues British scientist, Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Why You Can't Escape the Internet

Video Nicholas Carr writes on the social, economic, and business implications of technology. He is the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller, "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google," which is "widely considered to be the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement," according to the Christian Science Monitor.  In the clip above, Carr addresses a question about how to resist the effect of the Internet on our brains. NICHOLAS...

Smile or Die

Video Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist, Barbara Ehrenreich, explores the darker side of positive thinking. Ehrenreich finds a pattern in many aspects of life that demands mandatory optimism. Embedded in this is the idea that a person can change the physical world with their thoughts. According to Ehrenreich, there are two problem with this. Firstly, it is delusional and delusion is a mistake. She links delusions of positive psychology to the financial meltdown of...