IT 2015 – Coffs Harbour


Clarity 2015

Dear #IT 2015’ers,

Thank you again for letting me shower you with the evidence for feeling chirpy in 2015. As promised, here are all the links to everything I mentioned and discussed and gabbled on about. Have a cracker couple of days and don’t forget to get onto that sand and dip your feet into the big blue sea directly in front of Opal Cove while you can!

Warm regards,


Keynote Links



A selection of the experiments and stories I have done on ABC TV over the years

Weight Loss – open access to my paper in the British Medical Journal

How to book me for a school visit via Young Australia Workshop



Tattoos and laser removal Catalyst | ABC TV

Retinal Injuries from a Handheld Laser Pointer New England Journal of Medicine

2014 Nobel Prize in Phyiscs – The Blue LED

Intracellular Microlasers (Nature Photonics, 27 July 2015)

Laser Holograms (Femtosecond Laser)

FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera


 Optimism #1 – MORE PEACEFUL: The decline of violence

The Better Angels of Our Nature  the book by Professor Steven Pinker (2011)

The surprising decline in violence Steven Pinker’s 20min TED Talk

Steven Pinker: A History of Violence 37min talk at the Singularity Summit

Violence Vanquished essay featuring the two graphs in my slides

The News: A User’s Manual Allain de Botton

Optimism #2 – SMARTER: The Flynn Effect

The Mean IQ of Americans: Massive Gains 1932 to 1978 James Flynn (1984) Psychological Bulletin Vol. 95 No. 1

The Flynn Effect  summary of the hypotheses by Indiana University’s Dr Jonathan Plucker

Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ Prof James Flynn’s TED Talk

Optimism #3 – NICER: The Bystander Effect and generation “Selfie”

“The bystander-effect: A meta-analytic review on bystander intervention in dangerous and non-dangerous emergencies.” Fischer, P. et al. (2011) Psychological bulletin Vol. 137 No.4 *subscription required

Bystander Effect YouTube video (3min 35sec)

The Murder of Kitty Genovese Wikipedia page with good citations to further reading

Generation Compassion the “selfie” kids are more selfless than we thought

 Optimism #4 – GEEKIER: #STEM subjects are now “cool”

You don’t need links for this because you already knew 😉

Optimism #5 – Unsolved Mysteries

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A brief history of the universe from Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science

How do we know the universe is expanding also by Dr Karl


Seven things that don’t makes sense about gravity New Scientist

Top 8 Science Mysteries Popular Mechanics

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