A great presentation on the evolution of the brain and the hierarchical theory of mind. If you’re interested in reading more, I recommend his book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.
Beautiful infographics from the Canadian Gov. on the near future of technology. Not a bad use of tax dollars.
Beygairat Brigade, or ‘a Brigade without Honour’, are 3 young guys from Pakistan challenging the military, religious fundamentalists, and anti-American conspiracy theorists with songs like “Aalu Anday” (“Potatoes and Eggs”) that I posted below. If you watch the video, stick around to the 2 minute mark and the metaphor starts to make sense.
The song rues the fact that killers and religious extremists are hailed as heroes in Pakistan, while someone like Abdus Salam, the nation’s only Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is often ignored because he belonged to the minority Ahmadi sect. – New York Times
The song is catching fire in Pakistan where there’s a surprisingly large but often quiet liberal population. I’m inspired by how these guys are changing their society with just a video camera, a song, Youtube and a lot of courage.
This is William Trubridge freediving The Arch at Blue Hole, Dahab, in the Sinai hypnotizes me. He dives with no fins, no suit and only one breath to a depth of 55m and then swims for 30 more metres under an arch before returning to the surface. Incredible.