Disrupting Education: There Are No Boundaries to Knowledge Anymore
It used to be that if you went to an elite school you didn't have access to the best minds unless you were physically in their presence. That is not the case anymore, Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Montgomery Brown recently told Beet.TV.
Since its launch in 2008, Big Think has sought to disrupt this model of education, and has focused in the past year in particular on "building out the products that are helping us get there."
These products include The Floating University, which launched last fall with an online course offered at Harvard, Yale and Bard that delivers the key takeaways of an entire undergraduate education. This product was translated into another product called Edge, which consists of career and professional development platforms that aim "to make your own life and work better."
According to Brown, knowledge is not only nice to have, it is a must-have in today's global knowledge economy. As workers do less and less work with their hands, they need to distinguish themselves by what they can do with their minds.
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- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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- "If we can create these spaces for convening around our most important problems, We can make progress much faster than we can by insisting that people do the work on their own. And that's the power of the university at its best."
As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.
- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
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- Holmes' method, taught to him by psychologist and spiritual leader Ram Dass, is to connect to his base consciousness and think about himself and his emotions in the third person.
- You can't push depression away, but you can shift your mindset to help better cope with depression, anxiety, and negative emotions. If you feel depressed, you can connect with a crisis counselor anytime in the US.
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