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Wait – The useful art of procrastination

Frank Partnoy RSA Frank Partnoy ex-Wall Street derivative trader and self-confessed procrastinator, reveals the science behind our decision-making disasters and successes, and argues that decisions of all kinds, whether ‘snap’ or long-term, benefit from being made at the last possible … Continue reading

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Connectome: How the brain’s wiring makes us who we are

Sebastian Seung RSA Rising star in the field of neuroscience Sebastian Seung argues that our identity lies not in our genes but in the connections between our brain cells — and he describes the monumental task of mapping these “connectomes”, … Continue reading

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Subliminal: The new unconscious and what it teaches us about ourselves

Leonard Mlodinow RSA Watch academic and bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow as he unravels the mysteries of the unconscious mind, and shows its remarkable and unexpectedly powerful effect on all aspects of our lives. Listen to the podcast of the full … Continue reading

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Then the Wind Changed – 57 minute documentary trailer

Journeyman Pictures An Australian family cowers in terror as a devastating firestorm sweeps across their land, engulfing their home, killing their neighbours and destroying their town. For those who survived, the years that followed would test them in ways they … Continue reading

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Brussels plans European banking union from 2013

BBC News A single regulator to oversee banks across all 27 European Union states could be in place as early as 2013 according to the European Commission. A controversial new bank bailout fund financed by a tax on financial institutions … Continue reading

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Imagine: How creativity works

Jonah Lehrer RSA Bestselling journalist and author  shows how new research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination and considers how this new science can make us happier. Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: … Continue reading

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Mammoth-Belch Deficit Caused Prehistoric Cooling?

Anne Casselman National Geographic When mammoths and other Ice Age “megafauna” disappeared from the Americas about 12,800 years ago, the animals took with them their planet-warming burps—spurring the mysterious cooling period known as the Younger Dryas, a new study says. … Continue reading

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‘I’m ready for a comeback’: Blair’s made millions since quitting… now he wants to ‘re-engage with UK politics’

Tim Shipman & Rick Dewsbury Daily Mail Ex-PM and wife Cherie to appear alongside Ed Miliband at an Olympics event in July… and he’s already hired a spin doctor He thinks enough time has passed since 2007 for people to … Continue reading

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What is a Good Teacher?

Michael Wilshaw et al. RTA In the opening debate of a new series of Education Matters Debates with Teach First Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI, Matthew Taylor, Peter Hyman, Ndidi Okezie and Gillian Hargreaves ask: what will it take to ensure … Continue reading

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Defending Politics: Why democracy matters

Matthew Flinders & Matthew Taylor RSA Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, Matthew Flinders, argues for a shift from the bland and fatalistic ‘politics of pessimism’ that appears to dominate public life, towards a more buoyant and engaged … Continue reading

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