Why practicing empathy matters, and how VR can help | Danfung Dennis

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink So right now it’s this really early crude technology, and it isn’t possible to fully capture the full human experience. We can’t yet inhabit someone else’s body. We can’t take perspective from behind their eyes. But we can…

Why early retirement comes with one big clause | Vicki Robin

From Big Think. Here’s why financial independence doesn’t mean free time forever. – Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez coauthored Your Money or Your Life in 1992, a now-classic finance book about liberating yourself from debt, waking up to obsessive materialism, and learning to be financially self-sufficient. – Anyone interested in becoming financially independent and retiring…

The Big Bang wasn’t an explosion. Visualize it like this. | Michelle Thaller

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Alyssa, you have asked one of the best questions in all of astronomy, the Big Bang was the start of our universe so where was the locale? Where did the Big Bang actually happen? And the reason I…

Why spiritualizing the cosmos is a disservice to science and religion | Michelle Thaller

From Big Think. Where is God? Michelle Thaller lays out a cosmic view of religion, science, and the human condition. – Ancient humans believed lightning, seasons, and other unexplainable natural phenomenon were the acts of gods, but what happens when scientific discovery unravels those mysteries? – NASA astronomer and science communicator Michelle Thaller explains how…

How overparenting backfired on Americans | Jonathan Haidt

From Big Think. Being raised indoors might the reason young Americans struggle in the adult world. – American childhood is going, going… gone, says Professor Jonathan Haidt. – In the mid-’90s there was a sharp shift to overprotective parenting. In previous generations, kids were allowed to out of the house unsupervised from age 5-8, which…