ten short videos

1 (a)  Lissa Rankin, MD: Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? ( 9 min 20 sec to 15.50 sec)

(b) Herbert Benson: The relaxation response ( 7m 00 sec to 13 min 40 sec)

(c) Herbert Benson describing stage 1 (from 1 min 34 sec to 3 min 09 sec)


2 (a) Matcha tea: Dietary Brain Wave Alteration (4 min)


2 (b) Nutritionfacts: high anti-oxidant score (2 min)

2 (c) matcha tea intro (from beginning to 1 min 20 sec)


3.Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont ( from 9 min 55 sec to 17 min 20 sec)



4. Implementation intentions

Peter Gollwitzer: Implementations audio interview

18 min 0 sec  to 28 min 53sec;   1 hr 13 min 8 sec to 1 hour 15 min 30 sec

( from 1.08 min to 4 min 34 sec)



5 (b).Dr Karl: Fatigue and hunger sway judges’ decisions ( audio 5 min 50 sec)



6 (a).  Martin Seligman: Active and constructive responding ( 4 min)

6 (b) Responding Well to Others: How our response to someone’s good news affects their happiness. ( from 1 min 11 sec to 4 min 12 sec)






9. Remodelling the brain – lecture by Prof. Heidi Johansen-Berg: juggling grows white and grey matter: 17 min 20 sec to 19.00 m ; ((exercise grows hippocampus:  33 min to 35:55))

9 (b) Learn to juggle ( 5 min)


7 (a). Posit science and the IMPACT study: brain training does improve memory (5 min)

7 (b). Dr. Mercola and Dr. Merzenich Discuss Brain Plasticity ( from 1 min 50 sec to 10min 48 sec)

7 (c).Computer Games Reverse Mental Decline (5 mins)


5 (a) Roy Baumeister: Willpower: Self-control, decision fatigue, and energy ( 6 min 8 sec to 11 min 40 sec)


8 (a) .Atul Gawande: making a checklist and checking it (7 mins)

8 (b) Atul Gawande: The Power of Checklists ( from 4 min 08 sec to 5 min)

8 (c) How to do the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist – Adapted for England from 1 min 27 sec to 2 min 46 sec (1 min)






10. Amy Cuddy: power posing  from 7.16 mins  ( 10 minutes long)

Practical examples that help explain General Semantics principles

From Sanford I Berman’s lecture:

If  you look in the back of Wendell Johnson’s book People in Quandaries , you’ll see “semantic exercises”…

Q: How do we explain humor?

A: Nobody knows, but this is a good theory:

Humor: Funny things, laughing, and jokes

Trying to get a handle on Alfred Korzybski’s principles of General Semantics

Alfred Korzybski’s ideas on General Semantics are important and profound, but Korzybski wasn’t very good at explaining them. These other people help explain his ideas more simply.   If you want to master Science and Sanity, Korzybski’s 900-page text on General Semantics, I suggest you start with these simplified explanations first!

Professor Irving J. Lee’s 6 lectures on “Talking Sense” where he leisurely covers a few important principles of General Semantics over three hours. You need to be a bit patient with him in the first couple of lectures, but then he gets really good.

Radical General Semantics, Gad Horowitz Lecture 1 – Sept 15, 2009

lightcell – Debugging the Mind with General Semantics, Etc.

Alfred Korzybski – The World is NOT an Illusion

Alfred Korzybski – Historical Note on the Structural Differential

Robert Anton Wilson – Language, Reason & Reality

Robert Anton Wilson talks about Alfred Korzybski, Friedrich Nietzsche,

Robert Anton Wilson – Language and Reality (Audio)

Watch from 13 minutes  to 21minutes 43 seconds

On Human Evaluation Part 1 of 7

Good films that explain human nature

From Self-help that Works:

Complete films from You Tube:

It’s a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart

A story about beautiful human kindness winning out in the end.

This Boy’s Life by Michael Caton-Jones, starring Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin and Leonardo DeCaprio

A true story about how a boy triumphs over a terrible childhood.

The Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan

A story of resilience and strength against sadistic treatment.


The trip to Bountiful  by Peter Masterson and starring Geraldine Page and John Heard

Mr Holland’s Opus by Stephen Herek, starring Richard Dreyfuss

Stand by me

The Karen Carpenter Story

A woman under the influence

Corrina, Corrina

The Joy Luck Club by Wayne Wang

Important things not to be ignorant about

Homosexuality: Nature vs. Nurture

A collection of summary videos of everything

Big History —  the history of our world in 18 minutes by Professor David Christian:

Big Physics – the universe in a nutshell (in 42 minutes) by  Professor  Michio Kaku:

Big psychology: The psychology of everything by Professor Paul Bloom (48 minutes):

Big chemistry: A three-part BBC series by Professor Al-Khalili:

Part 1: Discovering the Elements:

Part 2: The order of the Elements:

Part 3: the Power of the Elements:

Good books on how to be a good researcher/academic

How to write well:

Writing Science by Schimel (2011)

Science Writing = Thinking in Words by David Lindsay (2011)

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

How to be a good academic

by Robert Boice
Read sample pages from googlebooks:

The New Academic by Shelda Dobowski:
Read sample pages from googlebooks

Learn from Mohnish Pabrai, the fund manager who turned $1m into $400m

Mohnish Pabrai shares what he learned from having lunch with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger:

From Munger:

1. Follow other top notch investors; study what they are doing and why they are doing it.
2. Focus carefully on the cannibals, the companies aggressively buying back their own stock.
3. Pay attention to spin-offs for opportunities.

From Buffett:

1. Patience.
2. Smart investors don’t need leverage, bad investors shouldn’t use it.

Mohnish Pabrai recommends using a pre-inventment checklist:

Mohnish Pabrai sharing his value investing ideas in this 30-minute Forbes interview:

the inner game — Tim Gallwey

Best Tim Gallwey interview (according to me!):

A nice intro to the ideas behind The Inner Game of Tennis:

An audio summary of Tim Gallwey’s 1974 classic, The Inner Game of Tennis

Tim Gallwey talking about how to coach:

More videos:

The inner game of golf: