Mr. Eccles Presents | George Hrab – Rethinking Doubt: the Values and Achievements of Skepticism


Here, George Hrab gives the low-down on the importance and general good sense of our very human capacity to doubt and ask valid questions, no matter the answers we may get or who they might upset, especially ourselves.

Courtesy of the TEDx Talks YouTube channel

This talk explains why being skeptical–as opposed to being cynical or denialist–is a good thing. Having doubts or reservations has led to some of humanity’s greatest achievements.

George Hrab has written and produced seven independent CDs and one concert DVD; published two books; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award winning podcast; and has emceed numerous international science conferences, all while being the drummer for The Philadelphia Funk Authority. He’s travelled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Mr. Eccles Presents | Stephon Alexander: The Jazz of Physics


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In The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe, physicist and jazz saxophonist Dr. Stephon Alexander revisits the ancient realm where music, physics, and the cosmos were one. This cosmological journey accompanies Alexander’s own tale of struggling to reconcile his passion for music and physics, from taking music lessons as a boy in the Bronx to studying theoretical physics at Imperial College. Playing the saxophone and improvising with equations, Alexander uncovered the connection between the fundamental waves that make up sound and the fundamental waves that make up everything else. As he reveals, the ancient poetic idea of the “music of the spheres,” taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics. Dr. Alexander is the Royce Family Professor at Brown University’s Physics Department. In 2013, he won the prestigious American Physical Society Bouchet Award for “his contributions to theoretical cosmology.” He is also a jazz musician, and recently finished recording his first electronic jazz album with Erin Rioux.

via Skeptic Magazine‘s YouTube channel

Mr. Eccles Presents | We Are Dead Stars | Michelle Thaller


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Our hearts beat, our atoms forged in the deaths of ancient stars. We are star-dust.