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Can Universities teach us how to live?

This is exactly what +Alain de Botton​​​​​​​ and his team at the +The School of Life​​​​​​ have set out to do in their enthralling set of wonderfully animated videos on Philosophy, Sociology, Psychotherapy, Literature, Politics and Art. Practicing what he preaches, Alain dares to ask the big questions that will truly help us to live better lives.

In today's secular age where our accepted way of knowing the world (i.e. Science) has yet to produce answers to some of life's most important queries, The School of Life revives the answers to serious issues from its ivory tower and presents it to us in the most engaging way possible.

As educators find their way online and our formal educational system is slowly being disrupted, it is wonderful to find high quality content full of wisdom available instantly to millions worldwide. At its best +The School of Life​​​​​​ , this compelling cross between the simplicity and visual acuity of +TED Ed​​​​​​ and the sagacity of +Big Think​​​​​​, is able to ally lessons on Sartre, Matisse and Proust with videos on relationships, the work life balance and the dangers of being too defensive. The end result is nothing short of mesmerizing. The School of life has quickly become a reliable modern guide to existence if not at the very least a steady reminder that the role of a lifelong learner is never fully realized.

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Visualizing Meteorites

An animated time-lapse of all 1,045 meteorites that have been seen falling since 861 AD

Check it out: http://www.visualizing.org/full-screen/53518

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from a body originating in outer space that survives the impact with the Earth's surface. The mass of a meteorite can range from few grams to several tonnes. When a body enters the atmosphere the body to heat up and emits light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting/falling star.

Most meteorite falls are recovered on the basis of eye-witness accounts of the fireball or the impact of the object on the ground. Meteorites fall with virtually equal probability everywhere on the Earth, eye-witnessed meteorites tend to be concentrated in areas with high human population densities such as Europe, Japan, and northern India.

Source : Bolides by Carlo Zapponi (http://bolid.es/

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Hit a 95 mph baseball? Scientists pinpoint how we see it coming

How does San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval swat a 95 mph fastball, or tennis icon Venus Williams see the oncoming ball, let alone return her sister Serena’s 120 mph serves? For the first time, vision scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have pinpointed how the brain tracks fast-moving objects.

The discovery advances our understanding of how humans predict the trajectory of moving objects when it can take one-tenth of a second for the brain to process what the eye sees.

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http://www.psychology-world.com/2013/05/hit-95-mph-baseball-scientists-pinpoint.html

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The Great Brain Experiment

Are you faster or more attentive than other people? Can you remember more or make better choices? Time to test your brain and find out!

Be part of a unique scientific experiment by playing games on your phone. Neuroscientists at University College London have 'gamified' their research, creating a quirky, fun app which turns neuroscience experiments into games. Each time you play you'll be contributing data to a huge scientific experiment, taking part in research that could previously only be conducted on small groups of volunteers in the lab. The Great Brain Experiment will look at memory, impulsivity, how we take risks, and how well the mind’s eye can see. It will allow the researchers to explore questions that are normally impossible to ask.

Dr Rick Adams, from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, says: “We wanted something that shows people what neuroscience is really about. It’s not all brains in jars or men in white coats. It’s actually trying to answer questions all of us are interested in, like ‘What makes me happy?’. We hope that people enjoy our app, tell their friends and help us answer some important scientific questions along the way.”

The free app has been developed for Brain Awareness Week 2013 (11-17th March 2013) and is being supported by the +Wellcome Trust 

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Aon2013: The Tree of Thoughts - Hemanth Mohan, VU University, Amsterdam

The picture contains an image of a sunset background with silhouette of the reconstructions of various human neurons. The neuronal images are the apical dendrites of pyramidal neurons of the human cortex reconstructed with biocytin staining. The picture symbolically represents an abstract idea of how planet Earth signifies a brain at the solar scale with the trees possessing a structural similarity to various neurons in our biological world. 

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Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer. 

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Do No Harm: Why do some people want to cut off a perfectly healthy limb?
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AoN 2013: The Functional Connectome - Joachim Böttger and Daniel Margulies,  MPI Leipzig,  Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Functional connectivity is a measure of correlation in spontaneous brain activity between different brain areas. As the path is not known from the data itself, each connectivity point can be represented in six­dimensional space (the connection of two three­dimensional points), termed: connexel. Mean­shift clustering is conducted across all cortical areas in order to present an image of the full human functional connectome. Although crucial to recognize that lines can represent connection without signifying anatomical tracts, the result brings dramatic clarity to an otherwise entangled situation.

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Favorite Quotations

"All men by nature desire to know"  - Aristotle

“Meantime, there is a society continually open to us, of people who will talk to us as long as we like, whatever our rank or occupation; talk to us in the best words they can choose, and of the things nearest their hearts.” - John Ruskin

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. " - Oscar Wilde

 "If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do the thinking for them" - George Orwell

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art , but a habit " - Aristotle

Favorite Directors

Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Jeff Nichols, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Terry Gilliam, Lars von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Larry Clark, Darren Aronofsky,  Martin Scorsese, Charlie Kauffman, Guy Ritchie, Christopher Nolan, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, Destin Cretton, Jean-Marc Vallée, Jim Jarmusch , Kelly Reichardt, David Gordon Green, Terrence Malick, Shane Carruth

Books

1984, Fahrenheit 451, Atlas Shrugged, A Brave New World, The Handmaids Tale, Crime and Punishment, Huis- Clos, Don Quixote, Canterbury Tales, An American Tragedy, Candide, Madame Bovary, Vanity Fair, The Brother Karamazov, Call of The Wild, Le Pere Goriot, The Year of the Flood, The Giver, Moll Flanders, Oryx and Crake, Cats Eye, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, MaddAddam

Movies

8 ½, 12 Angry Men, 12 Years A Slave, 40 Year Old Virgin, 127 Hours, 500 Days of Summer, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Adaptation, Aliens, American Beauty, American Hustle, American Gangster, Amadeus, Annie Hall, A Serious Man, A Scanner Darkly, Birdman, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Being John Malkovich, Black Swan, Brazil, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Blue Jasmine, Basquiat,The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Bourne Series, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Boyhood, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Crash, City Of God, C.R.A.Z.Y. , Casino, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Dark Knight, Dead Man, Dear White People, Dogville, Dogtooth, Dallas Buyers Club, Detachment, Django Unchained, The Darjeeling Limited, Double Indemnity,  Enemy, Ex Machina, Eyes Wide Shut, Fargo, Faults, Finding Nemo, Fight Club, The F Word, Fantastic Mr Fox, George Washington, Gran Torino, Ghost Dog, Gone Girl ,The Game, Goodfellas, Groundhog Day, The Graduate, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Gravity, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hannah and Her Sisters, Heat, Her, Husband and Wives, In Bruges, Inception, Inherent Vice, Into The Wild, Kill Bill, Kids, Knocked Up,The King of Comedy, Leon The Professional, Lost in Translation, Lolita, Life of Pi, The Lion King, The Machinist, Mad Max : Fury Road, The Master, Manhattan, Memento, Moonrise Kingdom, Metropolis, Match Point, Mulholland Drive, Magnolia, Network, Nymphomaniac, Night Moves, No Country For Old Men, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Prestige, Persona, Pulp Fiction, Rush Hour ,Requiem For a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, Secretary, Some Like It Hot, Silence Of The Lambs, The Truman Show, There Will Be Blood, The Usual Suspects, The Terminator, Van Wilder, Life Is Beautiful, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Se7en, The Social Network, Scarface, Submarine, Slacker, SubUrbia, Slumdog Millionaire, Synecdoche New York, Sex Lies and Videotape, Short Term 12, Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Trainspotting, Twelve Monkeys, Taxi Driver, Tape, Traffic, True Grit, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Undercover Brother, Upstream Color, Vanilla Sky, Van Wilder, V for Vendetta, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rushmore,The Royal Tenenbaums, Under The Skin,  Waking Life, Whiplash, Wedding Crashers, Wendy and Lucy, The Wrestler, The Zero Theorem

Music 

Jay Z, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Bob Marley, André 3000, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, The Weekend, Chance The Rapper, Thelonius Monk,  Travi$ Scott, Franz Schubert, Lupe Fiasco , Jay Electronica

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Sopranos, The Wire, Jeopardy , Breaking Bad
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First Generation Canadian. Parents originally from Ghana & Côte d'Ivoire
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