5 Must-See Videos to Change the Way You Think About Thinking

Get ready to stretch your mental muscles and immerse yourself in a world of intellectual expansion. This month, Lifebook has highlighted 5 mind-blowing short videos, and although they cover a variety of topics, they are all guaranteed to change the way you think about thinking.

Great feats of memory anyone can do

Our lives are the sum total of our memories.

How much are we willing to lose from our already short lives by being too lazy to process our experience deeply?

Each of us has an incredible capacity to remember. But if you want to live a truly memorable life, you have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember.

In his compelling TED Talk, Joshua Foer shares his story of activating his memory, and shares memory techniques and shortcuts that force a depth of processing and mindfulness that most of us don’t normally exercise…

When ideas have sex

In his TED Talk, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. He points out that no single person the planet knows how to make something as simple as a pencil, because of all the different components that go into it. In our modern world, it’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

A Powerful Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.

Watch me play – the audience!

In this delightful little 3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired for anticipation.

3 Rules to Spark Learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” and to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

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