David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast So raise your hand if you know someone in your immediate family or circle of friends who suffers from some form of mental illness. Yeah. I thought so. Not surprised. And raise your hand if you think that basic research on fruit flies has anything to do with understanding […]

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How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime | Alastair Gray

How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime | Alastair Gray

Two years ago, I set off from central London on the Tube and ended up somewhere in the east of the city walking into a self-storage unit to meet a guy that had 2,000 luxury polo shirts for sale. And as I made my way down the corridor, a broken, blinking light made it just […]

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How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

Hello. I’d like to show you guys 30 seconds of the best day of my life. (Applause) So that was El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park, and in case you couldn’t tell, I was climbing by myself without a rope, a style of a climbing known as free soloing. That was the culmination of […]

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Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American? | Maz Jobrani

Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American? | Maz Jobrani

I was one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. The other founding members included Ahmed Ahmed, who is an Egyptian-American, who actually had the idea to go to the Middle East and try it out before we went out as a tour. He went out solo and did it first. […]

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Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Hello. My name is Simone. You know how people tell you if you get nervous when onstage, picture people in the audience naked? Like it’s this thing that’s supposed to make you feel better. But I was thinking — picturing all of you naked in 2018 feels kind of weird and wrong. Like, we’re working […]

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