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Dennis Charney: Resilience Lessons from Our Veterans

Dr. Southwick and I, Steve Southwick, my co-author, we’re psychiatrists and we over many years, over about three decades working together, we have been trying to understand what causes serious forms of depression both biologically and psychologically, serious forms of post traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, developing new treatments.  And then at one […]

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‘Hey Bill Nye, Could Scientists Today Create Frankenstein’s Monster?’ #TuesdaysWithBill

Hi Bill Nye. My name is Lauren. First off I’d like to say that you’re my favorite person ever in the world. But my question is do you think we can build our own modern day Frankenstein sewn together body parts and somehow reanimating it, do you think it’s possible because you seem like the […]

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Lawrence Summers: Decoding the DNA of Education in Search of Actual Knowledge

Hi.  My name is Larry Summers and I’m glad to be with you.  I’m doing something a little different than most of the other classes in this series.  Rather than talking about a specific area of knowledge, rather than talking about my field of economics, I’m going to talk about knowledge in general, talk about […]

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‘Hey Bill Nye, What If the World Were Run by Scientists and Engineers?’

Wei: Hi Bill. My name is Wei. I’m an electronic engineer coming from China. A big fan to your show by the way. My question is hypothetically instead of politicians if the world were only run by engineers and scientists would it be a better place in your opinion? Thanks. Bill Nye: Wei. Thank you […]

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The science of expansion: Andromeda, gravity, and the ‘Big Rip’ | Michelle Thaller

One of the questions I get asked most commonly as an astronomer is if almost all the galaxies in the universe are flying away from us in space, why is the Andromeda Galaxy getting closer to us? Does that somehow mean that the Big Bang works differently in different parts of the universe? And the […]

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The Einstein myth: Why the cult of personality is bad for science | Michelle Thaller

So Jonathan you ask a question that actually gets to the heart of a lot of my ideas about science and culture. And you ask about the celebrity culture. We hear about these famous scientists, it goes Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking or Neil deGrasse Tyson; we know of these wonderful kind of larger than […]

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How religion turned American politics against science | Kurt Andersen

In 2008, the big Republican presidential candidates were asked: “How many of you believe in Darwinian biological evolution?” Two-thirds or three-quarters said, “I do.” In 2012, the same question was asked, same group of people—Republican presidential candidates—and it was already down to a third. In 2016, the 17 main candidates for the Republican nomination were […]

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