Past Talks

Non-Euclidian Geometries and Art

by Sverrir ├×orgeirsson at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

Euclidian geometry is generally how we think about space. You have a grid and the lines in a grid never intersect. But there’s tons of other versions of space, like the grid on a sphere where some lines do meet as they go to infinity. This is non-euclidian geometry and it offers interesting opportunities to create fascinating art.

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Designing Values-Based Human Systems

by Sean Aubin at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

People design systems for humans based on their conception of human nature. This has worked pretty well so far! But there’s a lot problems happening right now that can’t be addressed by these old ideas. We need a new, unifying idea of why people make choices. This is where Value-Based Human Systems comes in.

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Mindfulness

by Sandy Wu

Mindfulness: What is it and why I spend 2 hours a day meditating. Takes the audience through five minutes of guided meditation. Describes the basic characteristics of mindfulness/meditation (improving 1) concentration, 2) sensory clarity, 3) equanimity), what meditation has done for him and what it can do for you, and experiences with particular coaches/retreats.

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Depression

by Jamie Wong

Personal experiences with depression and how to get help. A very personal, moving, important account of his experiences with depression. He describes what depression meant for him, how he realized how normal it is, how he recovered, how others can seek help for themselves or for a friend. Many useful tips and resources for learning more and seeking help. Highly recommend.

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