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How to make the most of meetings, with Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk, and Carson Tate
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Successful people tend to have a couple of everyday superpowers for breaking through, says podcaster Tim Ferriss, whose lesson for Big Think Edge this week reveals where you can get yours.
Lawyer and therapist Bill Eddy charts through the jungle of amped-up, and conflicting, news coverage we face every day. Tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa proposes a framework for balancing the benefits and perils of technology that will change the way you look at humanity's future.
You'll also learn to put Elon Musk's unorthodox meeting philosophy into practice to change the way you attend, and run, meetings forever.
All this and more is coming to Big Think Edge this week!
Become the smartest person in the room: Develop superpowers by investigating what others won't, with Tim Ferriss
Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss interviews a wide range of luminaries on his business podcast, many of whom employ a pair of odd techniques: These people are not afraid to ask dumb questions, and they appreciate the value of absurd ideas. Dumb questions, Ferriss explains, often aren't really so dumb, and absurd ideas can be eye-opening as a way of shaking up your thinking. From building his own career, Ferriss vouches for both strategies, and he presents some persuasive evidence that you should give them a try.
Available September 9 in Boost Your Professional Intelligence
Get past crises, evil villains, and superheroes: Essential questions for screening fake news, with Bill Eddy
We live in an era in which conflicts regularly occur between people operating from completely different sets of "facts." It's largely because we take in great gulps of (mis)information as we spin from one crisis to another, feverishly reported by news outlets and individuals whose success depends on keeping us in a state of near-panic. Author of Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths Bill Eddy has some questions you can ask yourself that will help you separate the fake news from the real.
Available September 11 in Boost Your Analytic Intelligence
Evaluate future possibilities: 3 lenses for analyzing the potential of disruptive technologies, with Vivek Wadhwa
Our technology-driven future will be amazing. Or terrifying. Probably both, if its development is left to chance as it has been so far. As Paul Simon wrote in 1986, "These are the days of miracles and wonders, and don't cry, baby, don't cry." Vivek Wadhwa is the author of The Driver in the Driverless Car, and he's watching the road ahead. He suggests a reset and a more careful consideration of the future we're building before it's upon us. The answers to three questions, he asserts, can help us get there safely, equitably, and together.
Available September 12 in Boost Your Analytical Intelligence
Elon Musk’s 3 Rules for Effective Meetings
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In a world where time is money, how do you make the most of the meetings you attend? Or if you're the one calling the meeting, how do you make sure it doesn't suck? Working smarter rather than harder means questioning the format of existing routines.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has disrupted multiple industries, but that all started with disrupting his own organizations: This week, we dive into his 3 rules for running smarter meetings, and pair his insights with productivity expert Carson Tate to bring you customizable strategies for making your meetings magic.
Available September 9 in Deep Dives
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How a study on worms pointed the way towards a treatment for dementia
- An increasing amount of research suggests that failures in phase transition within cells can cause a variety of aliments
- The mechanism is believed to involve the inability of moleclues to move from solid to liquid and back, inhibiting cellular function.
- The discoveries open the door to treatments for neurodegenerative disease, some cancers, and other illnesses.
All matter is just going through a phase.<p>Think of liquid water for a moment. If you put it in the freezer, it'll turn to solid ice. Leave it out, and it will melt again. Boil it or leave it outside on a hot day, and it will all turn into water vapor eventually. This change in state is called a "<a href="https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Supplemental_Modules_(Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry)/Physical_Properties_of_Matter/States_of_Matter/Phase_Transitions/Fundamentals_of_Phase_Transitions#:~:text=Phase%20transition%20is%20when%20a,combination%20of%20temperature%20and%20pressure." target="_blank">phase transition</a>" and is familiar to most people who took some physics or chemistry. </p><p>Phase transition sometimes takes place in cells. Molecules inside cells responsible for cellular metabolism can change from solid to liquid to carry out specific tasks. However, it occasionally happens that the process that allows this to happen breaks down, and the molecules remain a little more solid than is ideal. This means that the molecules are no longer able to move around the cell and do their jobs. <br> <br> When this happens in certain cells in the brain, toxins associated with Alzheimer's disease and various other conditions start to build up in and around the cells. This discovery, based on previous studies from 2009, is the foundation of a theory on how neurodegenerative diseases start in our brains. </p>
How did scientists develop this theory?<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="aBJpp9J4" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="134616cefd3c5c6b756c407590ea3f91"> <div id="botr_aBJpp9J4_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/aBJpp9J4-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/aBJpp9J4-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/aBJpp9J4-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div> <p>In 2009, a group of scientists discovered phase transitions and their importance in worms' reproductive cells<a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/324/5935/1729.full#otherarticles" target="_blank"></a>. For reasons which are probably clear to you, this study didn't garner much attention right away. After a few years, the idea that glitchy phase transitions could cause a variety of issues gained some traction, and studies on phase transition in human brain cells took <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41582-019-0157-5" target="_blank">place</a>. Dr. J Paul Taylor even won the <a href="https://www.potamkinprize.org/" target="_blank">Potamkin Prize</a>, awarded for excellence in dementia research, for work concerning how faulty phase transition relates to neurodegenerative diseases.</p>
What directions does this point in?<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="cRIAffgd" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="ae687302c209d641b6e6395a8d8bff74"> <div id="botr_cRIAffgd_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/cRIAffgd-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/cRIAffgd-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/cRIAffgd-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div> <p><a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/08/888687912/new-clues-to-als-and-alzheimers-from-physics" target="_blank">In his NPR interview,</a> Dr. Taylor suggests that treatments for Alzheimer's and related diseases based on this new understanding could be available in a few years. In the same article, Dr. Clifford Brangwyane of Princeton explained that some experimental treatments have already shown promise in correcting the issues. He also suggests that phase transition treatments could be used against other illnesses and perhaps even some cancers.</p><p>Sometimes tremendous scientific advances are born out of the strangest studies. In this case, a potential treatment for a variety of terrible neurodegenerative diseases traces its roots to a study of worms. More bizarre things have happened in science.</p>
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