Sam Gosling - Snoop: The Secret Language of Stuff

The Commonwealth Club of California
San Francisco, CA
Jun 16th, 2008

Does what's on your desk reveal what's on your mind? Do those pictures on your walls tell true tales about your character? Is your favorite outfit about to give you away?

For the last 10 years psychologist Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it others and interpret the world around us - The Commonwealth Club of California

 - Sam Gosling - Snoop: The Secret Language of Stuff

Penn & Teller - "Bullshit"

Penn & Teller discuss their hit series "Bullshit" at The Amaz!ng Meeting 3 in Las Vegas. is a celebration of critical thinking and skepticism sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Thinking people travel the world to share learning, laughs and life with fellow skeptics and distinguished guest speakers.

Kent Hovind vs. Dr. Mike Shermer. Creation v. Evolution

Christian apologist Kent Hovind debates Dr. Mike Shermer(chief Editor of Skeptic magazine) and schools Dr. Shermer in the topic of evolution vs creation. "Be ready always to give answer to every man that asks you for the reason of the faith you have"-

Michael Shermer - The Mind of the Market - Authors@Google:

Michael Shermer discusses his book "Mind of the Market" as part of the Authors@Google series.

How did we evolve from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumer-traders? Why are people so irrational when it comes to money and business? Bestselling author Dr. Michael Shermer argues that evolution provides an answer to both of these questions through the new science of evolutionary economics. Drawing on research from neuroeconomics, Shermer explores what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and how trust is established in business. Utilizing experiments in behavioral economics, Shermer shows why people hang on to losing stocks and failing companies, why business negotiations often disintegrate into emotional tit-for-tat disputes, and why money does not make us happy. Employing research from complexity theory, Shermer shows how evolution and economics are both examples of a larger phenomenon of complex adaptive systems. Along the way, Shermer answers such provocative questions as: Do our tribal roots mean that we will always be a sucker for brands? How is the biochemical joy of sex similar to the rewards of business cooperation? How can nations increase trust within and between their borders? Finally, Shermer considers the consequences of globalization and what will happen if nations allow free trade across their borders.

This event took place January 29, 2008 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Authors@Google: Michael Shermer