Expereview Week #3 || Insurance - Plant the Seed!

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Most people cringe when the topic of insurance comes up, but used in the proper way insurance can be a powerful driver of good in the world!


Believe it or not, at its core the idea behind insurance is benevolent and, dare I say, altruistic in nature... which is in stark contrast to most insurance offerings today, where profit and low payout ratios take precedence over helping people in need.

I've seen many cases where instead of being the safety net after a tragic event, it's a fight to receive the coverage you've been paying for and promised (or maybe not, there's a lot of fine print - my homeowners insurance documentation was 50+ pages long of exceptions/addendums). Instead of fighting for you, the insurance company is fighting with you to find a reason to deny or reduce your claim... Maybe you've had a similar issues, hopefully not, but there is a better way!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, at least in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the people arguably need the help more than we do in the US. Rose Goslinga shows us how insurance should be run, and how smart data and intuitive thinking can take a problem and provide an economical solution for everyone:



When profit is not the objective, it's amazing the difference it can make! Free market capitalism works well to optimize efficiency and profit, but when these aren't the objectives it behooves us to take a different approach. Nonprofit (NPO) insurance should be the standard, not the exception. After all, aren't we insuring people's success, not profiting from their loss?



ps - Oh what I would do for a ride on one of these! Jetman!





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Expereview Week #2 || Beautiful Brains - Unknown or Unknowable?

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What is Consciousness and where does it come from?


A question pondered by many since the beginning of time, we might be a few steps closer to having an answer as this week's podcast from NPR TED Radio Hour dives deeply into The Unknown Brain.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor walks us through what it's like to survive a stroke, from a scientist's perspective, and how amazing the brain is at re-wiring again.

Ever wanted to make brain soup? Neither have I, but neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel is a pro at it! For Science!

Are there parts of the brain specifically for different functions? Seeing faces, picking out colors, hearing sounds? Nancy Kanwisher researched this topic by studying her own brain in an fMRI while she asks herself these same questions.

And finally, we get philosophical with David Chalmers and explore our sense of self and the nature of consciousness. Hear the full take below:

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Watch the full TED Talk by Nancy Kanwisher and see the areas of the brain she's talking about!



ps - Dreaming of New Zealand... and mountain biking, match made in heaven! 





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Expereview Week #1: Cancer and Metabolism - The Mechanism behind the Mutation

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Cancer and Metabolism - The Mechanism behind the Mutation

We'd like to start a weekly review featuring the best of the best videos, podcasts and readings from our past 7 days. It's hard to capture all that we've digested within our posts alone, and often the authors themselves explain their topics better than we ever could. It's their passion, their expertise and often the culmination of their life's work...

So, without further adieu we bring you the Week #1 of Expereview!

This week we'd like to feature a couple videos on a topic that touches almost everyone in some way - Cancer. Let's pull back the curtain on this mysterious condition, and get to the root cause of the mutations that we call cancer; what they are, why they form and how we can stop them.

We all have cancerous cells in our bodies. Right now, this very minute, you've got mutagenic cells somewhere in your body! Why do some mutations become cancerous, and others don't? I'll turn it over to Thomas Seyfried and Dominic D'Agostino:



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ps - On a lighter, and much sweeter, note I'd like to add in a short bonus clip! BEES, the little guys that are responsible for so much of the world's pollination and get so little respect. Recently they've had major issues with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and their populations have plummeted, but this innovative technology could help to bring bee keeping to your backyard! Check out FLOW, you can't beat fresh honey:




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