[TED] Is there is a mathematical law governing cities, corporations? by Geoffrey West

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Published on: August 1, 2011

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 17:33.)

 

 

Also, check out the Q&A related to this here: [Q&A with G. West]

A while ago this topic was covered at more length at Edge.org. Check out their coverage here: [Coverage @edge.org]

[TED] Origins of pleasure, by Paul Bloom

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Published on: August 1, 2011

Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 16:17.)

 

 

Also,check out his Q&A related to this topic here: [Q&A with Paul Bloom]

 

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