I think I have to declare this the week of TED. A fair amount of TED talk here. All excellent, as TED talks tend to be.
Just a bit of politics here. The Northern Gateway pipeline is that other pipeline, but it’s a Canadian thing, so some of you may not have heard. Here’s an interesting article about the lies that have been told in an attempt to push the project through.
Kudos to the UK where teaching creationism is now banned in state-run schools. I Fucking Love Science.
A man dedicated to fighting woo: The Huffington Post interviews James Randi (The Amazing Randi).
Just to offer some balance, a post on meditation from one of the woo-pitchers Randi debunks. Actually, I don’t think Randi has an issue with meditation, or its potential benefits, just all the other stuff that tends to get glommed in with it.
TED talk from David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals.
And related, from the Wall Street Journal: Our brains are made for enjoying art.
A TED talk from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the secret of happiness, flow.
Another TED talk from Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from.
TED talk from Colin Stokes. What are today’s movies teaching our kids? This kind of goes with the article on strong female characters from this past Tipsday. Hint strong doesn’t equal pew-pew-pew!
Jim C. Hines responds to a blog post entitled “The naive idiocy of teaching rapists not to rape.” Read to get the goods.
An interesting article from Irish Central on the black Irish and their history.
Entertainment Weekly interviews David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones.
One of my favourite pair of singer/songwriters: Dala 🙂
And just for laughs: What do you Poupon?
It was a fairly thoughty week! Enjoy, my friends 🙂