Immanuel Kant, who coined the term genius in the 1700s, defined it as the rare capacity to independently understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Since then, the spectrum of abilities that we call genius has widened, but pivotal questions remain: What exactly is genius? Where do the remarkable abilities of genius come from? Is genius something that lives within all of us, or is it a categorically different way of seeing the world that is bestowed upon only a few?
With the emergence of new imaging technologies and a fundamental shift in the understanding of how information is spread through our brains, we’re beginning to find some answers. We joined neuroscientists, psychologists, renowned thinkers, and special performers as they untangled the complicated nature of genius, creativity, and exceptionality.
"BILL MOYERS: Heather McGhee speaks of how the neoliberal economic experience of the last 30 years – including cutting taxes on the rich and waiting for the wealth and prosperity to trickle down -- has left her generation of Millennials standing under a spigot someone forgot to turn on. After a few drips and drops, it went dry. So did the very notion of equal opportunity for all. And today we’re living in a country deeply divided between winners and losers. Nowhere is that more evident than in our tax system – so distorted by loopholes, exemptions, credits, and deductions favoring the already rich and powerful that it no longer can raise the money needed to pay the government’s bills.
Among the people who saw this crisis coming was the conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, the supply-side champion who wrote the manifesto for the Reagan Revolution. Bartlett became a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House and a top official at the Treasury Department under the first George Bush. Yet for all those credentials, he is today an outcast from the very conservative ranks where he was once so influential. That’s because Bruce Bartlett dared to write a book criticizing the second George Bush as a pretend conservative who slashed taxes but still spent with wild abandon. . . . . "
It must be more than obvious to the rest of the world that Americans really love war, and of course war movies. Seems only natural since they appear to be the most militarized society the planet has ever experienced - and Hollywood seems to pump out war flicks at a prodigious rate. However most of them are lacking in the writing department; once you get past the special effects there just isn't much substance. Many even win Oscars, though I sort of doubt that this one will garner much attention.
"Angry aliens invade Earth in the new movie Battle: Los Angeles. And once again it's up to us to stop them. But what could life out there really be like? Jorge Ribas talks to SETI astronomer Seth Shostak to find out."
Now translate into Thai, and to place a copy of this clever ad in my neighbor's mail box, who lets his five less than adorable Spitzers out very early every morning so they can individually and collectively poop in the vacinity of my front gate. My nose and eyes have for months given proof to the fact that there was no poop fairy.
When Aliens Attack SUNDAY MAY 22 8:00 PM [not shown in SE Asia until sometime in June] National Geographic Channel
What if an extra-terrestrial force attacked Earth? What might that look like and how will the people of Earth respond? Consulting a cast of world-renowned scientists, survival experts and defense experts, this two-hour special, Alien Invasion explores this frightening scenario. Experts reveal what could motivate alien invaders to attack Earth, and speculate on how the attack might play out -- the strategy alien invaders might use and the most effective ways for humans to respond. We'll turn to science and history to figure out what works. We'll show how humanity can survive this ultimate test.
Celebrity astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses Apophis, a large asteroid forecast to pass dangerously close to the Earth in the year 2029. Mark your calendar now for April 13, 2029 . . .
Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses "Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries."
Whether discussing the universe's origins as host of NOVA's "scienceNOW" or asserting that Pluto is a not a planet on "The Colbert Report," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson translates the universe's complexities for a broad audience.
Known as the great explainer of all things cosmic, Tyson first became known in the astronomy community by lecturing on the subject at the age of fifteen. He is currently the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, where he also teaches. Tyson has written seven popular books including the bestselling Death by Black Hole and the memoir The Sky Is Not The Limit.
His professional research explores star formation, dwarf galaxies, exploding stars, and the structure of the Milky Way, topics which he writes about in his long running "Universe" column in Natural History magazine. Tyson's varied honors include the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and People Magazine's 2000 "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive" - City Arts & Lectures
Predicting Apophis' Earth Encounters in 2029 and 2036
"The actual conversion was brief. It only involved one sentence: “I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship but God, I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of God.”
For 30-year-old Mathew Miller, those words represented the culmination of a long religious transformation from Christianity to Islam. . . . . "
Just a personal opinion, but somehow this seems like jumping barefoot from the frying pan directly into the fire. To think that religion will somehow tell you what matters, and what to do with your life, is setting you up to be a tool of others people's beliefs and ambitions, and unfortunately has been going on for thousands of years.
Why do most people find it so difficult to think for themselves?
"The Bible, in its entirety...is not believed by any sane person" [ Lawrence O'Donnell ]
Which means that most fundamentalist christians are not entirely sane, but every thinking person knew that already. 'Literalists' selectively cherry pick from the Bible what they WANT to believe/follow 'as God's divinely inspired word', and they conveniently ignore all the rest.
O'Donnell and Beck have been engaged in something of a war of words lately. On Thursday, O'Donnell played clips of Beck talking about the Book of Revelation, saying that it was written so "you would know...in these days, these things will happen." Beck was discussing the crisis in Japan. Referring to the catastrophe there, he said, "I don't know if it's these days."
......"And there you have television history," O'Donnell said. "It came in an area where Beck feels safest: his religious beliefs." He said that Beck was falsely portraying himself as a Biblical literalist.
"The Bible, in its entirety...is not believed by any sane person," O'Donnell said, going on to dissect parts of the book that he said Beck must not believe, and thus implying that Beck was not being serious in his discussion of the Book of Revelation.
Author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson dismisses the popular internet doomsday theory that a "Planet X," aka Nibiru, will return to our solar system in 2012 and fatally disrupt the Earth's orbit -- a claim Tyson describes as a "marvelous work of fiction."
Neil deGrasse Tyson - World to End In 2012...or Not [clip from Mr. Tyson's 'The Pluto Files' video]
Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Pluto Files
"Third graders and astrologers are REALLY pissed off at Pluto's demotion . . . . "