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Why we procrastinate by Vik Nithy

Vik Nithy is the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20 including his own marketing consulting firm.

Vik has been extremely successful despite being diagnosed with ADHD.


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The Decline of Civilization’s Right Brain: Animated

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how the ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.
Below is a short animation of his talk.

Click here for the complete lecture.

McGilchrist discovered a quotation attributed to Albert Einstein that he felt neatly supported his thesis. He uses this quote at the end of his RSA talk:

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”


Iain McGilchrist: Things Are Not What They Seem

Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of “The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and The Making of the Western World”, puts our society on the couch. He suggests that the bipartite structure of the brain helps us to understand why the world so often seems paradoxical, and why we so often end up achieving the opposite of what we intend.


Philip Zimbardo: The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo reveals how our individual perspective on time affects our work, health and well-being.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
— Leonard Bernstein


From the Lecture

Time perspective is a foundation for many basic human phenomena.
Achievement needs, causal thinking, and hope don’t exist unless you have a future orientation.
Guilt and revenge are based on the past.
Impulsivity and improvisation are focused on the present.

There is no verb in Sicilian dialect for future tense. Therefore, no planning.

Middle class people are future oriented.
Lower class people are present or past oriented.

The past gives you roots.
The future gives you wings.
The present gives you energy.


Who is Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo – Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as a leading “voice and face of contemporary psychology” through his widely seen PBS-TV series, “Discovering Psychology,” his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He continues teaching graduate students at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and at the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey). He has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, and service to the profession. Recently, he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 300 professional publications and 50 books is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, now in its 18th Edition, and Core Concepts in Psychology in its 5th Edition.

His current research interests continue in the domain of social psychology, with a broad emphasis on everything interesting to study from shyness to time perspective, madness, cults, vandalism, political psychology, torture, terrorism, and evil. Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually “give psychology away to the public,” Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the Government’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.

Zimbardo has served as elected President of the Western Psychological Association (twice), President of the American Psychological Association, the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) representing 63 scientific, math and technical associations (with 1.5 million members), and now is Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation.

He heads a philanthropic foundation in his name to promote education in his ancestral Sicilian towns. Zimbardo adds to his retirement list activities: serving as the new executive director of a center on terrorism, the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT).

He is also the author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007).