2017 Personality 18: Biology & Traits: Openness/Intelligence/Creativity I


Published on Apr 18, 2017

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In this lecture, I talk about Big Five trait openness to experience, which is the dimension composed of an amalgam of creativity and intelligence. I also discuss IQ: how it is measured, what it means, how powerfully it predicts long-term life success, as well as the highly skewed Pareto distribution of creative production.

Conservative Fresh Start: All Regulations Cancelled in Idaho


Published on May 15, 2019

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Idaho sunsets all regulations every year, and typically re-approves them as a matter of course…but not this year. The entire regulatory code has been cancelled, and the script has been flipped. If the governor wants to keep a regulation, state government must go through the normal approval process for a new rule. Bill Whittle has started packing his bags to move to a state where a conservative can make a fresh start. Unregulated access to the deep archive of Bill Whittle Now, Firewall, Right Angle and more shows like this is available only to Members at https://BillWhittle.com/register/

 

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight


Published on Oct 26, 2011

http://www.ted.com Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translat

The Moment in Time: The Manhattan Project


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The Moment in Time documents the uncertain days of the beginning of World War II when it was feared the Nazis were developing the atomic bomb. The history of the bomb’s development is traced through recollections of those who worked on what was known as “the gadget”. [6/2000] [Science] [Show ID: 5090]

4th Generation Nuclear Weapons


Published on Dec 16, 2013

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This is an overview of the 4th generation of nuclear weapons outlined in the report, Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons: Military effectiveness and collateral effects, condensed into an easy to digest video. Full report click here, http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0510071v5 FAQ:
Q: In a nutshell what is a Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapon (FGNW)? A: It is a nuclear fusion weapon that doesn’t use a fission trigger. The most feasible method to trigger fusion in a FGNW is to use microscopic amounts of anti-matter.
Q: What advantages do FGNWs have over conventional nukes? A: They are “clean” (radioactive fallout negligible, about on par with conventional depleted uranium weapons that are already in use), they are very small (potentially can fit in your pocket), and fill in the “yield gap” between the most powerful conventional weapons and the lowest yield conventional nukes.
Q: Will FGNWs really be more politically acceptable to use in actual combat? A: Who knows? Only time can tell for certain, but their “radioactive cleanness” is a compelling argument in favor for it.
Q: What would be the TNT equivalent of a FGNW be? A: A 3 gram pellet of fusion fuel would release around 302 gigajoules of energy (about 72 tons of TNT), so around that.
Q: How much antimatter is needed to catalyze a single FGNW? A: A 3 gram pellet of fusion fuel would need 1×10^11 antiprotons to catalyze nuclear fusion
Q: Isn’t carrying antimatter dangerous? What would happen if containment failed? A: The quantity of antimatter is extremely small. 1×10^11 antiprotons would release the equivalent of about 6 milligrams of TNT, that’s less than a firecracker. However the energy would be released in the form of ionizing radiation so it would be a radiological hazard if containment failed.
Q: Wouldn’t failure of antimatter containment result in the FGNW detonating? A: No, nuclear fusion requires very precise injection of antimatter to catalyze fusion. Failure of containment would not result in the precise injection of antimatter to the fusion fuel. Added safety measures can be taken by separating the fusion fuel from the antimatter containment until the weapon is ready to be armed.
Q: If you accidentally drop it, wouldn’t containment fail? A: These weapons are intended to be incredibly rugged with one of their applications being bunker busters. They contain little to no moving parts and are “full like eggs”. The FGNW report indicates that the overall ruggedness would be far superior over conventional nuclear bunker busters so no, simply dropping it wouldn’t cause containment to fail.
Q: Wouldn’t FGNWs be attractive for nuclear terrorism? A: No, it’s easier to build conventional nuclear weapons. FGNWs require extremely large particle accelerators to manufacture the antimatter necessary for the FGNW. A terrorist who wants a suitcase nuke is better off with something like the M-388 Davy Crockett.
Q: Are FGNW a proliferation concern? A: No, see above.
Q: Why not make pure anti-matter weapons instead? A: A couple of reasons. It’s prohibitively expensive. It’s single handedly the most expensive substance in the world and incredibly difficult to make. Right now, if we took all the antimatter we produced and annihilate it, it would only be enough to power a lightbulb for a few hours. On the other hand, fusion fuel is incredibly cheap and abundant, you can literally make it from sea water as all it is are isotopes of hydrogen. But even if we had large quantities of antimatter, it’s questionable how useful it would be as a weapon on its own. It’s incredibly difficult to contain as if it touches any normal matter, it will annihilate. Containing microscopic quantities is not a problem, but macroscopic quantities are. Even if you could contain it, it would be incredibly unstable. Fusion and fission weapons fail safely, if you damage a nuclear weapon the nuclear weapon doesn’t detonate. An antimatter weapon would detonate as soon as containment fails. From a cost-benefit point of view, pure antimatter weapons do not make sense.
Q: Can you use conventional explosives to catalyze nuclear fusion? A: No. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawson_…

 

“Political Corruption: Can the Swamp Be Drained?” – Kimberley Strassel


Published on Feb 27, 2018

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This lecture was given as part of the April 2018 National Leadership Seminar, “What is American Greatness?” Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminars are held in various locations across the country two to three times each year and address issues of politics, economics, and culture.

Victor Davis Hanson talks Omar, Tlaib, AOC, rural California on The Howie Carr Show (04–30–19)


Published on May 1, 2019

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Howie talks to Victor Davis Hanson about Democrats, illegal aliens, and more. Broadcast date: 04–30–19. All the videos, songs, images, and graphics used in the video belong to their respective owners and this channel does not claim any right over them.

Jordan Peterson on The Necessity of Virtue


Published on Jan 4, 2011

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University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, delivers the 2010 Hancock Lecture entitled The Necessity of Virtue. He discusses virtue from a contemporary perspective that both encompasses and extends beyond moral and religious contexts. Through compelling stories and research, Dr. Peterson illustrates the necessity of virtue both for the individual and for society at large.

Why World War II Matters – Victor Davis Hanson


Published on Sep 16, 2016

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The Hillsdale College History Department presents a special public lecture by Victor Davis Hanson. Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

Einstein & Curiousity


COMMENT: I found your comment most interesting on curiosity as the driving force being Einstein and the key for everyone to follow no matter what the field. This is precisely what is ignored in school. They teach you to memorize, not to challenge the status quo.

Thanks

HF

REPLY: Yes, my professor friend who explained that to me really did open my eyes. It is incredibly important to encourage curiosity in your children. Curiosity is the required step to discovery. If you are not curious, you will never discover anything. Samuel Butler (1835–1902) defined genius as “a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.” All the studies of genius reveal that teachers like children with high IQs. Yet, they view those with creative minds who are curious as trouble makers because they always ask “Why?” and challenge the teacher. As a result, intelligent but uncreative students will conform to the demands of society. That is why they say A students work for C students, and B students work for the government. Then there is the saying that those who are creative just do while those who lack that creativity teach, and those who cannot teach, teach gym (lol).

Victor Goertzel and Mildred George Goertzel in their 1962 book “Cradles of eminence,” found that the parents of gifted children were often curious, experimental, restless, and seeking answers in themselves. E. Paul Torrance of Minnesota found that 70% of pupils who rated high in creativity were rejected by teachers who picked a special class for the intellectually gifted. The Goertzels concluded in their Stanford study of genius that teachers selected bright children over creative and curious children. Those teachers would have excluded people such a Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, and Mark Twain just to name a few.

There are what have become known as “genius grants,” which are handed out for original creativity. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. These fellowships are awarded for exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate new work. You cannot be creative without CURIOSITY.

We wrongly call Einstein a genius, assuming he knew a lot like a dictionary. That was by no means his gift. It was curiosity.