History of Humankind: Social Constructs as Imagining Minds

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -  Yuval Harari   Big History; Social Evolution; Future Intelligence
A world best-seller, Harari's Sapiens belongs to the genre that has become known as Big History, a sub-discipline which focuses on the biological, geo... Continue reading...

Brain Plasticity – tricking the brain to heal the body

The Brain's Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries -  Norman Doidge   The Brain, Neuropsychology, Medicine,
"Neurons that fire together, wire together - those that fire apart, wire apart" is the formula Doidge  uses to describe how brain plasticity works. ... Continue reading...

The East versus the West – Development, Hubris and Catch-up

Why the West Rules - For Now -  Ian Morris   Big History, Civilisation Development, USA v. China
Ian Morris is a historian with an interest in archaeology who goes beyond a traditional historical method that relies on written records. He uses carb... Continue reading...

How Energy and Geography Shape Human Values

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve -  Ian Morris   Long-Term History, Sociology, Ethics, Culture
These four confronting lectures by Ian Morris are based on his book, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve. Morris argues that ... Continue reading...

The Two-Track Brain – Rationality and Bias

Thinking Fast and Slow -  Daniel Kahneman   Decision Making, Finance, Medicine, Political Economy
A simple maths problem: If a bat and a ball cost $1.10 and the bat is $1.00 more expensive than the ball, how much does the ball cost? Half a Harvard ... Continue reading...

The Decline of Violence: A Long View

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined -  Steven Pinker   History; Psychology; Cultural Development
The world is getting more violent!" .......WRONG. It has become less violent. "The Twentieth Century was the most violent century in history!..... Continue reading...