The Real (Weird) Way We See Numbers

15m 25s

Would it surprise you to learn that fish and birds count in pretty much the same way that we do? And that infants can do math? Our animal brains deal with quantities in very specific ways, from quick counts of a few dots to how we perceive larger numbers. This "number sense" impacts our psychology, history, and behavior in the most fascinating ways.

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    The Real (Weird) Way We See Numbers

    S12 E8 - 15m 25s

    Would it surprise you to learn that fish and birds count in pretty much the same way that we do? And that infants can do math? Our animal brains deal with quantities in very specific ways, from quick counts of a few dots to how we perceive larger numbers. This "number sense" impacts our psychology, history, and behavior in the most fascinating ways.

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    The Surprising Power of Sex in Evolution

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    Computers Can Predict When You're Going to Die… Here's How

    S12 E6 - 12m 54s

    Predictive analytics uses math and historical data to make predictions about the future. It’s used in commerce, sports, politics, social media and tons of other places. And as it turns out, people have been using math to predict people’s death for centuries. Can it predict mine?

  • Can AI Help Us Talk to Whales?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

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  • Measuring the Universe With a 14-Billion Light-Year Ruler: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Measuring the Universe With a 14-Billion Light-Year Ruler

    S12 E4 - 10m 40s

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks, scientists have been constructing a cosmic measuring tape to measure the universe from our own backyard all the way to its ever-expanding edge: the cosmic distance ladder. In this video, we climb that ladder and explore how each rung has revealed something new and previously unthinkable about the universe we live in.

  • Why the 2024 Solar Eclipse is Such a Big Deal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why the 2024 Solar Eclipse is Such a Big Deal

    S12 E3 - 15m 17s

    On April 8, 2024, the Moon’s shadow will fall on Earth, creating a total solar eclipse across North America, and if you have the chance to see it, you don’t want to miss it. It’s an amazing coincidence that total eclipses happen at all — and that we’re alive at a time when we can see and predict them. So join us to find out everything you need to know to watch it.

  • Space is Full of Junk. Here’s How to Clean It Up…: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Space is Full of Junk. Here’s How to Clean It Up…

    S12 E2 - 12m 9s

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  • Why NASA Punched an Asteroid: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why NASA Punched an Asteroid

    S12 E1 - 14m 28s

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