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Mystery of the Mind

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J.J. Abrams' mystery box. Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce. Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives. James Geary, metaphorically speaking. Steven Pinker on language and thought. Marc Pachter: The art of the interview. Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks. Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing. Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours.

David S. Rose on pitching to VCs. Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work. Steven Pinker chalks it up to the blank slate. Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? Diane Benscoter on how cults rewire the brain. Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code. Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation. Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything.

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself. Matthew Childs' 9 life lessons from rock climbing. Ray Zahab treks to the South Pole. Lewis Pugh swims the North Pole. Lewis Pugh's mind-shifting Mt. Everest swim. Jonathan Drori on what we think we know. Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom. Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations.

Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice. Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile. Philip Zimbardo shows how people become monsters ... or heroes. Samantha Power on a complicated hero. Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer. Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison. Steven Pinker on the myth of violence. Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain. Rick Warren on a life of purpose. Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren. A.J. Jacobs' year of living biblically. Billy Graham on technology and faith. Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions.

Dan Dennett on our consciousness. Dan Dennett on dangerous memes. Michael Shermer on strange beliefs. Richard Dawkins on militant atheism. James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud.

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies. Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind. Charles Limb: Your brain on improv. Sherwin Nuland on electroshock therapy. Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds. Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory. Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning. Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see. Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny.

Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain. Demo: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere. Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves. Henry Markram builds a brain in a supercomputer. Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain. Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome. Gero Miesenboeck reengineers a brain.

Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds. Jeff Hawkins on how brain science will change computing. VS Ramachandran on your mind. Helen Fisher studies the brain in love. Helen Fisher tells us why we love + cheat. VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization. Gregory Petsko on the coming neurological epidemic.