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Class 7: Unconventional Explanations

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Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things

Very enlightening and humorous talk. TED says; “Skeptic Society founder Michael Shermer dedicates his life to debunking myths, superstitions and urban legends, and also explaining why we believe them. Along with publishing Skeptic Magazine, he's author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Mind of the Market.” – “We overvalue the shreds of evidence that support our preferred outcome, and ignore the facts we aren't looking for.”





Steven Strogatz: How things in nature tend to sync up

“Steven Strogatz studies some of the most interesting problems in applied mathematics -- such as the intersection of math and biology, looking for patterns in the human sleep-wake cycle or in swarms of blinking fireflies.”  Amazing photography demonstrates the simple explanations behind nature’s “rules” on swarming and synchronicity.





Scott McCloud: Understanding comics

In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.





Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

“Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds.” "Once you’ve heard 'renaissance mycologist' Paul Stamets talk about mushrooms, you'll never look at the world -- not to mention your backyard -- in the same way again."  Linda Baker, Salon.com


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