Vsauce founder Michael Stevens looks at the various characteristics that define games, and asks why humans play them. Could games play a role in brain development? Do they prepare us for survival? What are the psychological rewards for playing games? Is life itself a game? All these and other fascinating questions are addressed in the video above.
Many people believe that when a person is injured, whether it’s on the job, out at lunch, or in a car accident, the physical and emotional toll only affects that person. However, the family of the injured person can be just as emotionally affected, and sometimes even more so. Continue reading
A wonderfully insightful talk by musician Amanda Palmer where she speaks about the importance and effectiveness of asking for help. She mentions the usual psychological obstacles which might prevent persons from asking for aid, such as fear, shame or even a misguided sense of fairness. Rather than simply demanding that her fans pay for her music, Palmer highlights the value of connecting with people, trusting them and allowing them to support their passions.
It happens all the time, but it usually only hits the news when tragedy strikes. Hazing is the process of “initiating” new members to a social group by coercing them into violent and/or degrading situations. Continue reading