Category: Life

The Missing Link
When looking for certainty, beware of experts

When looking for certainty, beware of experts

As a professor of psychology, Ivars Austers knows well how biased is our thinking. He wants to raise our awareness to the fact that when we crave for certainty, an expert will often show up to provide it. But not...

What we can learn from birds about ourselves
Alise Joste at TEDxRiga

Climbing my mountain of fear

Sharing her music has always been a constant struggle between Alise’s inner urge to tell her story and the fear of failure. In her talk she tells about this struggle and how she embraced it as an important part of...

Teaching science: we're doing it wrong

Teaching science: we’re doing it wrong

The world needs scientists and engineers more than ever, but our approach to raising them is backwards and ineffective. Drawing on his research and experience, high school physics teacher Danny Doucette challenges us to reimagine school science. As a physics...

Chutzpah: Jonathan Howard at TEDxRiga

The art of chutzpah: what blocks us from creative thinking?

Chutzpah is defined as behavior, or a person attitude, that is rude or shocking but so confident that people may feel forced to admire it. At least this is how Oxford English Dictionary frames it. But chutzpah as many other...

Responsible parenting: Create memories, not expectations
When rebelling is justified

When rebelling is justified

Do you participate and take action when the city needs you? Dāvis Kaņepe tells his story about the importance of “unlocking” the doors that get closed in front of you. Dāvis Kaņepe is a well-known culture activist and film director,...

Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else lives somewhere in between. Anna Rosling-Rönnlund tries to figure out how...

Valdis Zatlers: Death Can Positively Impact Your Life