If There Is Much In The Window There Should Be More In The Room

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Surprising Realities Behind What Motivates Us in Illustrated Form

Money can be a powerful motivator, but as studies performed by universities around the country (and this video) explain, rewarding people financially only works to a point. Beyond that, you need autonomy and purpose.....

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.


Watch the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/vi...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A sculpture by the Australian artist Ron Mueck


School children look at Wild Man, a sculpture by the Australian artist Ron Mueck that is part of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria....

Friday, July 2, 2010

Our Amazing Planet

Up above the world on high and then plunging deep below the oceans. 
I knew that BP had been drilling 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean but had not realized that the drill had penetrated to an overall depth of 18,000 feet.....

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Which is the Clone


This isn't just an answer an engineer might give, its an answer common to some philosophers as well. Rather, in philosophy, how you answer questions like this indicate something about your fundamental assumptions of the world.

For example, a person who takes a materialistic stance on the mind, and in particular, memory (that is, memory is a particular structure or activity in the brain), must agree that such molecularly accurate clones would have the same memories as each other. As the engineer doesn't, he cannot, without contradiction, take a materialistic stance on mind and memory....