Two Lectures and One Interview: Eric R. Kandel on learning, memory, and individuality; Elon Musk on the Future of Energy and Transport; and Ladar Levison on Lavabit

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Two lectures and one interview well worth the watch:

I. Eric R. Kandel: The Molecular Biology of Memory Storage and the Biological Basis of Individuality
In my opinion and those of many others, the root cause of our society’s ills is how we deal with education, and the following lecture by Eric Kandel emphasizes this point. The argument is made that evolving, learning, memory; our humanity should be looked upon in a holistic manner. That our genes do not necessarily decide who we become; our culture, our methods of learning and teaching, our setting is what decides our individuality, and we, in large part, are in control of our future.

II. Elon Musk: the Future of Energy & Transport
Tesla Motors and Elon Musk have been all the rage lately, and rightfully so considering Tesla just blew away their quarterly earnings and Musk just revealed details of Hyperloop (pdf), a “hypothetical mode of high-speed transportation” which he has proposed. We could be privy to a paradigm shift if much of what Musk envisions comes to be, and if you would like to find out what his vision of the future is, then you will find the following lecture very informative.

III. Ladar Levison: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t
Ladar Levison is the owner of Lavabit, the secure private encrypted email provider that recently was forced to shut down after 10 years of operation because they decided not to abide by the demands made by the United States government to spy on their 400,000 plus users. Below you will find an interview with Levison explaining what took place.

Interview continued at: Former Internet Provider Gagged by National Security Letter Recounts How He Was Silenced for 6 Years