Why do people distrust vaccines? Anthropologist Heidi Larson explores how medical rumors originate, spread and fuel resistance to vaccines worldwide. While vaccines cannot escape the “political and social turbulence” that surrounds them, she says, the first step to stopping the spread of disease is to talk to people, listen and build trust.
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Self-hatred is a particularly vicious disease which destroys our ability to defend ourselves and to confront enemies. Here are some tips on how to make better friends with ourselves.
What can you hear in silence? In this exploration of sound, host of the podcast “Twenty Thousand Hertz” Dallas Taylor tells the story of arguably the most debated musical composition in recent history — composer John Cage’s iconic piece 4’33” — and invites you to take notice of the soundscape around you. Watch to the end to experience a performance of 4’33”.
A distinguishing feature of much of the modern man-made world is that it is, first and foremost, very ugly: disappointing modern architecture abounds. We’ve almost ceased to notice how awful a lot of it is and forgotten how much better we can do. Here are five central reasons why so many buildings have gone wrong and an urgent blueprint for how to build the more beautiful world we deserve.
Yann LeCun, the chief AI scientist at Facebook, helped develop the deep learning algorithms that power many artificial intelligence systems today. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, LeCun discusses his current research into self-supervised machine learning, how he’s trying to build machines that learn with common sense (like humans) and his hopes for the next conceptual breakthrough in AI.
Feeling lonely can seem like a very modern problem – but our sense of being alone has a history, and the more we understand the peculiarities of this history, the more we can be liberated to enjoy – rather than feel ashamed about – our solitude.