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Tali Sharot: The optimism bias. National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor. National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor

For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: 36 Ways To Be Irresistibly Attractive. Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do. Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world. Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness. Why Darwin's 'Evolution' is a 'Bad Thing' - Atheist Response. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action.

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies. Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong.