Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

About the Speaker: Alaa Murabit (born October 26, 1989) is a Canadian physician who became a women’s rights activist in Libya in 2011. She has since become a leading international advocate for women’s rights and their inclusion in peace processes and conflict resolution. Murabit founded The Voice of Libyan Women in August 2011 and has […]

The NY Times on Hospicce in the US

Zen & Dying WellIt’s been a big issue for me. Spurned by the Brittany Maynard hubbub this part year, I’ve had a lot to say lately about hospice and end-of-life care, because the end may not end when you’re very old. But the Zen Foundation aims to both actively participate in caring for it’s dying ‘residents’ and change the attitudes in medicine about dying where the hospital cannot go. It’s a movement. We shouldn’t focus on living to 100 and being sickly at the end, but at least we lived to 100. We should love to live to our 80’s, and not be afraid of death. Medicine is adding time, and it’s all quantity, not quality.

Consent in America

This video is about a new program being introduced around college campuses, (which have lately have serious consent issues) to teach students what it means to ask any sexual partner at any stage of intimacy if they are still willing.

And the largest deficit in knowledge amongst college students is that no one really knows, and it’s definitely demonstrated here- no one knows what rape is. Even women on campus aren’t completely clear on the definition of consent. So this calls for, essentially, national education, on a subject that I believe. These kids parents should’ve covered back in 9th grade. It should’ve been crystal-clear by now, but apparently I’m outrageous for thinking so.

Enthusiastic Consent

Searching for ‘the one’: Can Mathematics be Used to Find Love?

The book mentioned here, The Mathematics of Love, is such an interesting book. It really takes all the romantic BS we normally get out of our culture and describes, in numbers, the predictability of finding a partner.
Which is weird, considering most of us don’t think it will ever happen. Present company included.

Rishi Kowalski

From investing and business management to weather forecasts, mathematics has a huge number of applications and uses. Surprising no one, these applications may actually extend to the matters of the heart.

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This is the premise behind Hannah Fry’s TED talk in 2014 and now her newly released book, “The Mathematics of Love.” A mathematician at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis in London, Fry discussed that mathematics, as it is about studying patterns, can essentially be used to interpret love, an aspect of life that is full of patterns.

One example she gave was how mathematics can give a signal to a person when is the right time to settle down. From patterns and statistics, she deduced that it is best to exclude everybody who someone dated in the first 37 percent of his…

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The nerd’s guide to learning everything online


When I meet youth who have gaps in their education about American or World history, American or World literature, or the basics of science, I recommend them to find John Green’s Crash Course project with this brother,  Hank. Fill in some of those gaps, and have a good time doing it. Indeed, it is not the same kind of lecture you will find in a classroom. Of course, it is not the same wide coverage you would find in a  book. That is the point. These youth have these gaps, they need to start filling them in, and they need to see–most importantly–that learning can can be fun! On top of that, Green as a published popular author shows young people how to present ideas succinctly as well as with a little punch and humor.

Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us … well, we don’t…

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