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Brian Hare suggests that dogs as a species have a hidden genius that allowed them to evolve from feared wolves to beloved pets.
Michael Hawley compares computers to other classroom learning tools, such as musical instruments, that assist in drawing out the creativity of students.
Expert pickpocket Apollo Robbins demonstrates the art of distraction by stealing a man's watch and wearing it in front of his face while the victim fails to notice.
Cyber illusionist Marco Tempest combines a Google Glass-like technology with sleight of hand and proves magic can still exist in a technologically advanced world.
Josiah "Tink" Thompson, who wrote about the Kennedy assassination for LIFE magazine, reexamines a fact from the investigation that turns out to be false and has confused our understanding of what happened.
David Esterly contrasts how scientists build on the knowledge of those who came before to advance their understanding, whereas artists can feel held back by the work of their predecessors.
Richard and Catherine Desomme show off the unusual and robust Unimog expedition vehicle they bought that has carried them around the world for almost two decades.
YouTube sensation Matt Harding goes against convention by using his latest "Where The Hell Is Matt?" dancing video to make a statement about cultural understanding.
Mike Gunton demonstrates the endless surprising discoveries to be made on the African continent by playing previously unheard sounds of rhinos congregating under starlight.
Musicians and filmmakers Greg Anderson and Liz Roe show a trailer for a contemporary visual interpretation of 'The Rite of Spring' by Igor Stravinsky
Ting Wu explains the goals of the personal genome project, which allows people to be empowered by their genetic information and to develop the confidence to use it to make decisions.
Bathsheba Grossman shows examples of how her designs get reappropriated-- and even outright plagiarized, and explains her struggles with the "wild west" legal environment that surrounds digital art.
NASA scientist Adam Steltzner wonders at why the average person is so interested in scientific missions to Mars. He attributes their curiosity to a collective sense of exploration.
Wildlife photographer Frans Lanting analyzes the number of tourists drawn to a cheetah and calculates how much the animal is worth to her local economy.
Cartoonist Roz Chast presents drawings she made of her mother and shares her feeling that life events should be used as material for art.
Eric Kuhne describes how the western idea of academia originated with a rich patron hiring a playwright to entertain his workers.
Jill Sobule plays a song while enlisting the help of the audience at the seventh EG Conference.
Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, demonstrates how offering courses to large classes online through a partnership with San Jose State helps combats rising tuition costs.
The Karamazov Brothers show off an extreme feat of simultaneous action: juggling, while at the same time playing marimba, harmonica, and tap dancing.
Stephen Tobolowsky recalls a feud with one of his university professors and how he devised a plan to secretly take a matriculation exam to circumvent her.
Whale photographer Bryant Austin took a mosaic of high resolution photographs and stitched together a lifesize image of a whale at an unimaginable scale.
Nicholas Negroponte describes a project where tablet computers were dropped into villages without instructions and children were able to teach themselves to read English by playing with preloaded games and apps.
Ben Davis discusses how, while looking at the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, he came up with an idea to bring the spirit of Burning Man to the city, which turned into the Bay Lights project.
Dr. Dean Ornish argues that people will adhere to healthy lifestyle changes in greater numbers when they are motivated by what they gain in quality of life rather than by fear of harmful habits.
Amanda Hill explains the anthropological approach BBC Earth took to get in the minds of teenage viewers and launch its Earth Unplugged YouTube series.
Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and BrainRush, describes how video games can inform educators about teaching to every student's needs.
Bran Ferren illustrates the tremendous challenge of designing what is essentially an RV that can go to remote places in the world and traverse extreme terrain.
Composer Philip Sheppard plays a short cello improvisation inspired by the Monterey Bay setting with suggestions from the E.G. conference audience.
Juggler Michael Moschen recounts his journey of discovering how he could juggle balls in his hand -- advancing from one single ball to holding and moving four at once.
Singer Linda Ronstadt bemoans the loss of music being performed at home, remembering that her whole family played instruments and sang growing up.
Impressionist Jim Meskimen draws celebrity names at random and combines their voices into strange and fascinating hybrid impersonations.
Ravynn Karet Coxen shares the inspiration for her opening a dance school focused on Cambodian sacred dance.
Scott Hamilton argues that the best medical help that can be brought to the world is eyeglasses or cataract repair. Half of visual impairments can be easily corrected according to the World Health Organization.
Jo Montgomery and Chuck Johnson, founders of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, perform gravity-defying feats of acrobatics.
Alison Gopnik presents evidence that the reason children learn so well and so quickly is because by playing they constantly experiment with the world around them.
Artist Red (aka Hong Yi) talks about one of her more ambitious projects, a portrait of Burmese political activist Aung San Suu Kyi made with white carnations in red food dye.
James Howard Kunstler, author of Too Much Magic, warns that lifestyle of suburban communities in the U.S. are unsustainable, and he asserts that suburbia will have to cut its dependence on cars and oil.
Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, describes how MOOCs and today's sophisticated technology are bringing education back to the goal of affordable one-to-one learning.
Chef Chris Young shows off some of the culinary work done at his experimental kitchen in Seattle and how to go beyond the recipe.
Author A.J. Jacobs shares his experience wearing a video camera that recorded his whole life and how it impacted his thoughts on privacy and his relationships.
Rocket enthusiast Steve Jurvetson expresses surprising satisfaction at watching rockets fail and explode through photos and video.
John Underkoffler, visionary designer behind Minority Report, describes how his work on a hand gestural computer interface inspired the film, and how his work is leading to more advanced computer interfacing.
Filmmaker Michael Apted shares that the 7 Up film was meant to be a political documentary about the British class system, but after the first few episodes, he realized it had a universal significance related to life all around the world.
Pianist Umi Garret shares pictures from her recent tour of tsunami-damaged Japan where she performed for children at three elementary schools.
Brandy Gale describes her synesthesia--a unique stimulation of multiple cognitive pathways-- and the odd sensory experiences that are provoked by her everyday surroundings.
Gastroenterologist and pianist Christopher Shih argues that there is no cure-all 'magic pill,' and that the most effective treatment is a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise.