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Today's Big Idea: Belief

The Big Idea for Sunday, April 01, 2012

What makes us fall for a joke or a lie? Why do we believe what we believe? Where is our belief located -- in the heart, the mind, the body, the brain, the world? Today we look at a series of unlikely findings in the study of consciousness and decision-making--most of them true, one of them not.

Yes, preschoolers can and should be taught the art of self-control, says Sandra Aamodt, a writer with a PhD in neuroscience. In the third part of her six part series on self-control, she teaches you how to do it. Eric Kandel reflects on his career in psychiatry and neuroscience, arguing passionately that belief originates in the brain--and that that fact in no way undermines the magic of human experience. Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, known for building a celestial observatory for cynobacteria, launches a new project to turn the instability of currency to our advantage. Big Think editor Jason Gots asks, could a dandelion end the global financial crisis? 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Could This Dandelion End the Global Economic Crisis?
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 A Biological Basis for the Unconscious?
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  3. 3 Financial Instability as an Energy Source
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 How to Build Self Control in a Preschooler
    Sandra Aamodt How to Build Your Child's Self-Control
 

Today's Big Idea: Belief

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