Why do we ask questions? Michael "Vsauce" Stevens The Science of Dubstep | James Humberstone 1 day ago   17:35

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Michael Stevens the persona behind the YouTube sensation Vsauce, is an online personality with an entertaining approach to explaining the science behind seemingly ordinary, everyday phenomena. Michael's videos have been watched over 400 million times and Vsauce's 4.5 million subscribers continues to add an astonishing 15 thousand subscribers each day. Michael lives in London where he works for Google as an in-house consultant for other creators on the platform.
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/Vsauce/


November 2, 2013 at Volkstheater Wien, Vienna, Austria.

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Ahlam Joma
why I am watch you ??
Youngassassin 1190
“Every week”
Reid LeBlanc
5 and a half subscribers?
James Kennedy
How does a chimpanzee know what it means to answer a question if it can't ask one? That doesn't make sense to me. Like, don't the understandings that go with one reciprocally go with the other?

If I say, "Where is the banana?" to a chimp, and it says, "Over there", how come it doesn't just stare at me because questions don't exist in chimp thought?

What it what this means is that chimps do ask questions (to each other) but not to us? Perhaps they think we're not worth asking questions of.

Or what if they do ask questions, but just not in a grammatical form that makes them recognizable as questions. If a chimp sees its kitten has died, and it says "It's dead" how do we know for sure that's a statement? In English or Spanish or Japanese we'd have a form for that, but do we know that because chimps don't use that form that they don't still think "Hey, is that kitten dead, or just sleeping?"
Chara Frisk
Simple Answer: Just because curiosity.
Teacher: It isn't well written if it strays away from the topic.

Micheal: Hold my beer...
Only Kid
Ok now seriously is it just me or does TEDx have anything
Awesome Apricot
"Heyyyy tedtalk, Micheal here"
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k KH
did not start with *hey vsauce Micheal here*
Gaming With Tanjim

where's the "hey Vsauce michael here!"
Logan Lott
Michael here
I'm at the ad, the video hasn't started yet.
I'd he doesn't say "Michael here." I will die.
Big Chungus

*S T O P*
*You violated the law*
*Pay the court of fines or serve your sentence*
*Your stolen goods are not forfit*

*T H E N P A Y W I T H Y O U R B L O O D*
tchgs11 zdok
*Because we want to know everything about everything we want to know about and we don't know about*
... 🤔
Dick Longflop
Kyykky Mäyrä
A great speech good job Michael!
he can make someone believe whatever he wants to...
feels weird not seeing him randomly pop up from the bottom every once and while. Should have rigged the stage for a floor entrance
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The Science of Dubstep | James Humberstone Why do we ask questions? Michael "Vsauce" Stevens 1 day ago   18:07

The theme for TEDxOxford in 2016 was “find X”. In his talk “the Science of Dubstep”, James Humberstone proposes that if this and future generations are going to “find X”, every nation needs to revolutionise education and develop cohorts of workers who can think abstractly. A composer, technologist, musicologist and music educator, Humberstone claims that music is the most abstract of all the arts and that technologically rich, culturally appropriate musical training could lead that educational revolution, turning the focus away from high stakes standardised testing and toward engaging and inspiring student-centred learning. Along the way he explains how incredible human perception of sound is, and composes a 12-tone dubstep song with the help of the TED audience!

As a composer, technologist and teacher, James Humberstone believes that music education can lead all education through the challenges of the 21st Century. After all, there is no more experiential, creative, child-centred subject than music – or so he claims. A trained ‘classical’ composer, James migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1997 and has also worked in the fields of music software, education (with children and adults of all ages), and as a musicologist. Today he is a lecturer in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and remains an active composer. His recent musical output included a permanent electro-acoustic installation at the Australian National Maritime Museum on board a retired destroyer and a submarine. In 2016 James is collaborating on a Hip Hop album, and composing a song cycle. He has also just released the University of Sydney’s first (free) MOOC, “The Place of Music in 21st Century Education” at www.coursera.org.

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