Talk of the week


TEDxVienna Burnout poem

Burned.out.
A poem

Burned.out. by the author How many lives have I lived and faces have I put on ever since I woke up this very day and all the days before. Filled with all the plans and goals set by one mind for only one single hand to reach. It is days […]


Useful instead of true – understanding our brains through optical illusions

Can you trust what you see? Everyday we make decisions based on visual input that our brain receives and processes. However, sometimes the gathered and processed information results in visual/optical illusions, which are perceptions that are not in accordance with the physical properties of the objects.   Surely you have […]


Where Are You A Local?

For anyone who has asked somebody the question “where are you from?” and was met with words like ‘but’, or ‘however’ mixed in with the answer –  this week’s TED Talk helps explain what that means. I am familiar with the awkwardness that can ensue when someone asks me where […]


Jungle - Connecting the Dots

Breaking out of jungle
or
the human need for organizing

It’s all relative. (Albert Einstein) What if the world were a huge jungle with no structure whatsoever? And the whole universe made up of individual elements with no connection to one another? What if we could never know what happens around us and had no access to the knowledge of […]


About reading music and hearing books

Listen closely Usually when we think about combining music and text, it’s often in form of an opera. As I am not really a fan of the opera and honestly mostly don’t understand what they are singing about, who they are singing to and why they are singing (I am […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]