NOTE: If you have a Netflix account, definitely check out our list of 10 great movies to watch stoned on Netflix!
1) Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe
The real problem in the medical industry (especially in the case of marijuana), is that they are too fond of “cherry picking” the outcomes of research, to use in their publishing. In marijuana’s case, the problem isn’t that they refuse to publish the bad outcomes (which they do, plenty), but to refuse to publish the endless pro’s of marijuana (and hemp in general).
2) Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption
The second TED Talk that made our top 10 features politics. Since marijuana is illegal in most countries, there is however a lot of political debate always going on somewhere. But, is it possible with a corrupt government?It certainly isn’t easy, but it’s clear that Heather Brooke shows what one person can do. That’s why we should not only unite, but also take action.
3) Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government
Not everyone has heard about Open Source, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get in contact with it. There’s a big chance you use the end product of open source every day with your Android phone. But, the very same way of cooperating in development, can be used for democracies as well as Clay Shirky will explain to you in the next video.
When you hear the word legalization, as a stoner, you quickly think of marijuana. Open source could definitely help in changing laws so marijuana use can be regulated with changes to the law.
4) Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?
Being healthy is what we believe essential to experience the best high or psychedelic effects. Thus, after watching this video, we couldn’t help but wonder: Why did nobody think of this before? She dares to ask: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve the daily health care? What if doctors prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? Instead of spending it on expensive medicine, only treating you after you actually get ill.
5) Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
Amy Cuddy proves adapting a better kind of posture, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. We thought it was a very useful TED talk and maybe it’ll work for you too!
6) Graham Hancock: The War on Consciousness
Recently, a new controversial TEDx was aired and later banned from the official TED YouTube channel. Graham Hancock talks about psilocybine, Ayahuasca treatment for hard drugs addiction, his 24 years experience with marijuana, the glorification of alcohol in the western part of the world and the ever intriguing mystery of consciousness.
7) Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
8) Boaz Almog “levitates” a superconductor
How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail — completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss.
9) Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.
Can we use our brains to directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the US learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people — and maybe for all of us.
10) Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern mountain lion, the dodo …. But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.