Happy Birthday, Einstein. But What Have You Done For Me Lately? Everything.
Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of all time, was born on this day in 1879 in the village of Ulm, located in the southwestern corner of the German Empire.
Einstein spent 20 years teaching at Princeton University, where his birthday will be celebrated today, along with math teachers' favorite holiday, Pi Day, since, by coincidence, today is 3/14. At Princeton the day's festivities will involve pie eating, the recitation of many decimal digits as well as Einstein look-alike contests.
That's all good fun. Yet here at Big Think we are celebrating Einstein's birthday in a different way. In the video below, Dr. Michio Kaku describes Einstein's legacy in less than one minute.
Watch the video here:
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
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- Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
- Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
- Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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