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TED: Clay Shirky – How Cognitive Surplus Will Change The World

Via TED:

Clay Shirky looks at “cognitive surplus” — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we’re busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we’re building a better, more cooperative world.

For more info, also see Shirky’s recent book: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Update 20100705: Clay Shirky: ‘Paywall will underperform – the numbers don’t add up’ (The Guardian)
Update 20100709: Can the Internet save the book? (Salon)

Update 20100714: Authors @ Google video:

TED: Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Via TED:

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

Below is his 2006 talk titled “Do schools kill creativity?”

Update 20110619: The ‘Conservatory’ in ‘Creativity’, or, Ken Robinson vs. Black Swan (Savage Minds blog)

Science Shorts 20100523

scienceDopamine System in Highly Creative People Similar to That Seen in Schizophrenics, Study Finds
New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity. By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia.

Small mammals — and rest of food chain — at greater risk from global warming than thought, research finds
Small-mammal communities got knocked seriously askew about 12,000 years ago by the last episode of global warming. Environmental disruptions let highly adaptable species thrive while others lost population and range. The current warming may push some species to extinction, destabilizing the food chains and ecosystems of which they are a vital part.

Did megafauna extinction cool the planet?
The rapid decline of mammoths and other megafauna after humans spread across the New World may explain a bone-chilling plunge in global temperatures some 12,800 years ago, researchers reported Sunday.

57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt
Archeologists have unearthed 57 ancient Egyptian tombs, most of which hold an ornately painted wooden sarcophagus with a mummy inside, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said Sunday.

Organic solids in soil may speed up bacterial breathing
The “mineral-breathing” bacteria found in many oxygen-free environments may be “carbon-breathing” as well.