Learningz, September 17

September 17, 2013:

Scientists are making some strides in understanding our genetic makeup — and just how diverse, evolving and fickle that can be.

Check out this NYT article on the new science around DNA.

All those years of marveling at how complex people can be from a simple DNA structure may not be all that correct.


How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

One of the best learning experiences I’ve had in 7.5 minutes — both for its rundown of history and in the idea that we can frame difficult scientific quandaries in basic ways and still come to some understanding. These men just happened to come to magnificent understandings.

Mythbuster’s Adam Savage leads this wonderful Ted-Ed talk….

It reminds me of what Elon Musk answered in his most recent TED talk. When asked how he keeps coming up with these innovative ideas (Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Solar City) he says that he thinks back to the basic laws and assumptions of things (he uses Phyiscs as an example) and just begins to rethink them from the ground up.

The instruments and things of modernity are wonderful, but some great discoveries come just from breaking out of the logic we’re told to use constantly.