Conversations with History: Cosmologist Jim Peebles

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton cosmologist Jim Peebles for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey. They discuss his contributions to cosmology and the future of the field.

Celebrating jobs -- all kinds of jobs: Mike Rowe on

From EG'08: Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today. (Recorded in December 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 20:03.)

Why Are People Different? - YALE / PSYCHOLOGY

Why are people different from one another? This lecture addresses this question by reviewing the latest theories and research in psychology on two traits in particular: personality and intelligence. Students will hear about how these traits are measured, why they may differ across individuals and groups, and whether they are influenced at all by one's genes, parents or environment.

What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

Helen Fisher - "Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type."

Helen Fisher visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book "Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type." This event took place on February 20, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.
In Why Him? Why Her?, Fisher unlocks the hidden code of desire and attachment. Each of us, it turns out, primarily express one of four broad personality types—Explorer, Builder, Director, or Negotiator—and each of these types is governed by different chemical systems in the brain. Driven by this biology, we are attracted to partners who both mirror and complement our own personality type. Based on entirely new research—including a detailed questionnaire completed by five million people in thirty-five countries—Why Him? Why Her? will change your understanding of why you love him or her and help you use nature's chemistry to find and keep your life partner.
Fisher is one of the world's leading experts on the nature of romantic love and attachment. She is the chief scientific adviser to, a division of She is the author of four previous books, two of which—The First Sex and Anatomy of Love—were New York Times Notable Books. Fisher is a research professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. She lives in New York City.

Douglas Adams - Conversations

Douglas Adams - Conversations