Big Think @ GESF: Your Education Questions Answered
Introducing Big Think @ GESF. Today, we're releasing the first set of interviews consisting of answers to questions that you, our audience, sent us over Twitter and Facebook.
Introducing Big Think @ GESF, a new blog that will showcase Big Think's interviews with keynote speakers from the Global Education & Skills Forum--"The Davos of Education."
Today, we're releasing the first set of interviews consisting of answers to questions that you, our audience, sent us over Twitter and Facebook.
President Clinton discusses the importance of lifelong learning:
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, on investing in girls' education and other solutions to the global education crisis:
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, explains why education is a fundamental human right:
Andreas Schleicher, Acting Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary-General, on ensuring quality in education:
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
In the face of seemingly unstoppable gun violence, Americans could stand to gain by looking to the Swiss.
- According to a recent study, the U.S. had the second highest number of gun-related deaths in 2016 after Brazil.
- Like the U.S., Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership. However, it has a considerably lower rate of deaths from gun violence.
- Though pro-gun advocates point to Switzerland as an example of how gun ownership doesn't have to correlate with mass shootings, Switzerland has very different regulations, practices, and policies related to guns than America.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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