Barry Schwartz presents a very thought-provoking talk on “The Paradox of Choice” at TED. The basic idea is that, paradoxically, while we think that more choice will bring more freedom and thus more happiness, this is not in fact the case. More choice leads to more stress, more self-doubt, decision overload, and ultimately less happiness.
Long, but very worth watching. If you’re a fan of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, et. al. you’ll be familiar with much of the discussion, but getting to see these four in conversation with each other is great.
“Powers of Ten” is a classic; if you haven’t seen it before you owe it to yourself to invest the ~10 minutes and check it out. The film was produced in the mid-1970’s and is a very powerful visualization of cosmic distances vs. microscopic distances (and where humanity fits in):
Robert Cringely interviewed Steve Jobs in 1995 as part of a TV series called “Triumph of the Nerds”. At the time, Jobs was still at NeXT and had not made his historic return to Apple. Tragically, all of the master tapes for the show were lost in transit and everyone believed the content was simply gone for good. Miraculously, the director discovered a VHS copy in his garage in 2011 (16 years later!) and the hour-long interview was returned to the world. It has been re-released as “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” I found it fascinating and highly recommend it. (Note: if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can watch it for free via Amazon streaming)
Here’s a fascinating talk by Sean Carroll, a well known CalTech physicist, about the nature of time. He’s speaking to a group at the FQXi conference in 2011. Carroll’s From Eternity to Here is sitting on my to-be-read bookshelf and should be interesting, if it’s anything like this talk.