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Experts explore the biggest ideas in their fields

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Sex Without Pregnancy Is A Human Right

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10 months ago

The right to have an active sex life unencumbered by unintended pregnancy is a healthcare issue, but it is so much more than that as well and it’s important to understand that a lot of the underlying opposition to contraception comes from a worldview about sex, which says that it’s only for ...

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You Have to be Dyslexic in Life

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10 months ago

My view is that you have to be dyslexic in life.  You’ve got to think “no,” means “on.”  And if you don’t you will be stopped in your seat no matter what your education is.  You have to believe, be totally convinced and committed to your success to what you want to do.  Find that passion and do ...

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Staying on Brand: My Life is My Message

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10 months ago

The most effective tool we have to build our own brands is literally how we lead our life.  So, I believe it was Gandhi who said, “My life is my message.”  Our life is our message.  So, what we do with our time and our energy, how credible our own purpose seems, how we tell others about that ...

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What's the Best Way to Measure Teachers?

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10 months ago

One of the things we’ve learned is there is no perfect way to measure teacher quality.  And that’s because there’s not one good kind of teacher.  We all know teachers who are incredibly charismatic, who are really good teachers.  We also know teachers who are sort of shy and diffident and they can ...

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Oxytocin: The Cuddle Chemical

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10 months ago

What’s interesting is that couples that stay together tend to have very highly correlated levels of oxytocin.  Oxytocin is one of the chemicals that comes up with people are in love.  It’s also related to maternal behaviors.  It’s often referred to as the cuddle chemical.  And what’s interesting ...

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The Four Anxiety Traps

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10 months ago

The first reason when someone wants to talk to me and it might be in a professional assignment to coach or to work with a senior team or it might be a 26 year-old Harvard MBA that has real doubt about something.  The first thing that comes out of their mouths is something like you know at the ...

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This is What Love Smells Like

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10 months ago

Everyone has a unique odor print.  So, like your fingerprints or your iris pattern in your eye, everybody is unique.  This odor print is built on your immune system genes and that is one of the things that attracts you to a partner.  Of course, it’s not the only thing.  But it is very important ...

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A Practical Guide for Powerful Women

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10 months ago

One of the things I didn’t want to do when I wrote my book, No Excuses, was to tell women to have another one of those books that says what’s wrong with women: women can’t, women don’t, women shouldn’t.  I think we have way too many of those.  I'm a practical activist.  I'm very positive.  I'm ...

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When It's OK to Trust Common Sense

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10 months ago

Experts should trust all of their instincts and their common sense in their areas of expertise. The problem comes when non-experts have "common sense opinion" that really is just coming out of nowhere.  And we do that all the time.  There are areas where we’re expert but then we do the exact ...