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TED-Ed: Plato’s best (and worst) ideas

Few individuals have influenced the world and many of today’s thinkers like Plato. He created the first Western university and was teacher to Ancient Greece’s greatest minds, including Aristotle. But even he wasn’t perfect. Along with his great ideas, Plato had a few that haven’t exactly stood the test of time. Wisecrack gives a brief …

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TED: The beauty of what we’ll never know | Pico Iyer

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan — or, indeed, about anything — than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this …

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Big Think: Hey Bill Nye, ‘Does Science Have All the Answers or Should We Do Philosophy Too?’

Philosophy is a worthwhile endeavor, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, though the answers it offers are frequently limited by human rationality. Science, on the other hand, surprises us!  

The British Library: Noam Chomsky in conversation with Jonathan Freedland

Philosopher, cognitive scientist and political activist Noam Chomsky discusses the roles of the state and the mass media, 25 years on from his essential work Manufacturing Consent.  

Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none  

Authors@Google: Kyle Johnson ‘Inception and Philosophy’

The book explores the movie’s key questions and themes, including how we can tell if we’re dreaming or awake, how to make sense of a paradox, and whether or not inception is possible. It also gives new insights into the nature of free will, time, dreams, and the unconscious mind. In addition, it discusses different …

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Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

FILMED MAR 2013 • POSTED MAY 2013 • TED2013 If you’re lucky enough to live without want, it’s a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. TED presents philosopher Peter Singer who asks, what’s the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — …

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Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club

FILMED JUN 2012 • POSTED APR 2013 • TEDGlobal 2012 In this TED talk Laura Snyder tells the intriguing story about the four men that in 1812 met at Cambridge University for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men — who called themselves “natural philosophers” until …

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Authors at Google: Peter Singer

Peter Singer is recognized as one of the most influential philosophers alive. He is the author of Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, and has motivated countless people to give more to charity.

Jeffrey Brenzel: The Essential Value of a Classic Education

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Essential Value of a Classic Education. Jeffrey Brenzel is a philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University. Brenzel argues that not only can reading the great classics like Plato’s Republic and Dante’s Inferno enrich your education, it can actually make your life better.

Seth Godin: This is broken

TED presents Seth Godin, who is an entrepreneur and a blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age. He asks; Why are so many things broken? Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.