What if Neil deGrasse Tyson Were Your Mentor?
Big Think Mentor connects world-class mentors with a global community of smart, driven users to teach the habits of mind and people skills we need to live happier, healthier, more productive lives.
Jason Gots is a New York-based writer, editor, and podcast producer. For Big Think, he writes (and sometimes illustrates) the blog "Overthinking Everything with Jason Gots" and is the creator and host of the "Think Again" podcast. In previous lives, Jason worked at Random House Children's Books, taught reading and writing to middle schoolers and community college students, co-founded a theatre company (Rorschach, in Washington, D.C.), and wrote roughly two dozen picture books for kids learning English in Seoul, South Korea. He is also the proud father of an incredibly talkative and crafty little kid.
It’s old news by now that the pace of technological change is accelerating, and with it the pace of cultural and economic change. For those who find this terrifying rather than exhilarating, here’s the good news: the cutting edge of neuroscience suggests that adult human brains are much more malleable than scientists once believed. We are lifelong learners by nature, and the outdated concept of education as a finite thing that ends when you graduate into the “real world,” turns out never to have made much sense in the first place.
Big Think Mentor, which launches today as one of a handful of new paid subscription channels on YouTube, connects world-class mentors like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Julia Galef, and Tim Ferriss with a global community of smart, driven users to teach the habits of mind and people skills we need to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. For $2.99 a month, or $19.99 a year, Mentor gives you access to exclusive video lessons, with two brand new workshops added on the first of every month. No other YouTube subscription channel and no other single resource on the web seeks to comprehensively address people’s lifelong personal and career development learning needs, nor to respond to their changing needs with user-driven, constantly updated programming.
From the start, Mentor is packed with great learning content. And on May 25th, just two weeks away, we'll add Inventing Your Future, a workshop taught by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Mentor teaches 21st century life skills, from starting a business, to achieving focus through meditation, to raising children with a thirst for knowledge, and beyond. The Mentor curriculum includes Workshops, a series of video-driven lessons for mastering meta-skills like creative thinking or negotiation – and longer Masterclasses for a deep dive into a single Mentor’s expertise. These are coupled with Thought Experiments and Life Experiments to reinforce e-learners’ understanding and adoption of new skills.
Simultaneously, we are launching a members-only discussion forum at http://mentor.bigthink.com to bring together Mentor’s founding members and our editorial team to further refine Mentor’s core curriculum for the 21st century, fine-tuning it to the needs and interests of our users. Just sign up at http://mentor.bigthink.com for an invitation to join the conversation!
Since 2008, bigthink.com has been curating the most powerful emerging ideas in every discipline through interviews with artists, intellectuals, and business leaders – people like actor/entrepreneur Edward Norton, Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, and neurologist Oliver Sacks. With Mentor, we’re transforming those big ideas into tools for defining and achieving your personal and professional goals, starting today.
The new version's battery has a shorter range and a price $4,000 lower than the previous starting price.
- Tesla's new version of the Model 3 costs $45,000 and can travel 280 miles on one charge.
- The Model 3 is the best-selling luxury car in the U.S.
- Tesla still has yet to introduce a fully self-driving car, even though it once offered the capability as an option to be installed at a future date.
Want a happy, satisfying relationship? Psychologists say the best way is to learn to take a joke.
- New research looks at how partners' attitudes toward humor affects the overall quality of a relationship.
- Out of the three basic types of people, people who love to be laughed at made for better partners.
- Fine-tuning your sense of humor might be the secret to a healthy, happy, and committed relationship.
A measles comeback is not the sort of return our children deserve.
- The percentage of children under 2 years old who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years.
- In 2016 in Europe there were 5,273 cases of measles. One year later that jumped to 21,315 cases.
- Discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield's false study linking vaccines and autism still influences parents, two decades later.
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