Dear STEMSummit2016 teachers, principals, labbies STEM lovers,
Thank you very much for the incredible privilege and amazing opportunity to share a little bit of my excitement with all 750+ of you. I cannot wait to see what you do next and how things are going to change for learners in the Mt Gambier region.
As promised, here are the links to the topics I covered on Friday.
Good luck on your amazing quest!
Introduction and demonstrations
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
“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
Optimism #4 – TECHNOLOGY: Better, faster, cheaper
Optimism #5 – SCIENCE: Unsolved Mysteries
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks why do humans die?
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