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The Gut-Brain Axis

-Ellie Swan Imagine yourself standing alone in a room. Even when there are no other people or animals around, we are constantly surrounded by tiny beings. These beings are microorganisms such as bacteria. Now, most of us are used to the notion of ‘Germs are bad’. We are taught from a young age to...

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A Review of Physicalism

-Luuk Kuiper Back, in the grim times of the middle ages religion and the church provided all the knowledge for the people. Their words where truth and their words only. In the modern-day religion’s task of providing truth has been mostly passed on to science. It is more than fair to say that we...

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The uncertain future of masculinity — What’s your type?

-Ellie Swan Birth control is a complicated topic. Whether or not it should be legal, available over the counter, at schools, or free are questions repeatedly being asked in the political sphere. On a smaller scale, in terms of personal decision-making, however, individual women are confronted with making choices about contraceptives. Many are flabbergasted...

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Genetic Superpowers of Sherpa’s

-Patrick Fairweather Mount Everest. It is the tallest mountain in the world, standing at 8848 meters tall on the border between China, Tibet, and Nepal. Over the last couple of years it has become popular to try and climb it. Starting from base camp, all climbers are instantly faced with the blistering cold. During...

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Movie Magic: Resurrecting the dead

-Luuk Kuiper The use of computer-generated imagery, or CGI for short, has been ingrained in modern film making. It has uplifted our imaginations and made it possible for the incredible things to be shown on film. Revolutionizing genres like Sci-Fi and action to be grander and more spectacular than ever. It even gave us...

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Thank you for following this live blog by Red Pers & AWE!

After eight interesting TED-talks, amazing performances, and around 40 blogposts on this page, we would like to thank you for following this year’s TEDxAUCollege event. We hope you either enjoyed the show at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute, or you were able to have the TED-experience via this page! This live blog was brought...

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michiel van elk | neuroenchantment – superplacebo?

“In the next 15 minutes, I will show you how you can achieve to experience the fifth dimension”, such a promising opening statement of tonight’s last speaker Michel van Elk! Despite his academic and personal achievements, Michel van Elk has suffered from a depression. When he decided to visit a psychologist, he got introduced...

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Last, but not least!

Last, but definitely not least: Michiel van Elk with his talk on “Neuroenchantment and the Power of Placebo”. 🧠 He says raising medical expectations will result in a superplacebo 💥 #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/mx3bfoAoBA — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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ella maclaughlin | understanding radicalism through empathy

“During my exchange program preparation, we were told to keep our political views to ourselves,” Ella MacLaughlin recounts her experience studying abroad in Turkey “But after having been confronted with statements that violated the rights of the people I loved so much, I decided to give my honest opinion for the first time. I couldn’t...

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“Open-mindedness is key!”

AUC student Ella MacLaughlin and audience’s choice winner of Pitch Night, suggests we “Understand Radicalism with the Power of Empathy”. 🤲🏼 Openmindedness is key! 🔑 #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/EwbAUPW4Ur — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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Musical Intermezzo!

We are treated with a musical intermezzo consisting of voice, saxophone and piano by friends Eva Bottinga and Marie Chaplet 🎶 Everyone’s in awe! #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/Mmb6WGbNyg — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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Mick ter reehorst | Are we europe?

Mick ter Reehorst: Europe is a boring subject, one that is not sexy to talk about. I will talk about it anyway. When we talk about Europe we talk about who joins, who leaves. We talk about the economic or political dimension, but never about the cultural dimension. Between the pro- and anti-Europe camps...

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How Nature Has Already Solved Many of Today’s Issues

“Have you ever had an epiphany?” Saskia van den Muijsenberg asks, and then tells about hers: the moment she truly felt part of nature, after she learnt about the impressive way nature handles climate change. Van Muijsenberg’s TED-talk ‘Business Lessons from Nature’ is on biomimicry, about which our reporter Steinar Laenen wrote a blogpost earlier....

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Humans of TEDxAUCollege: Mia Szymanski

“A year ago, I went to India with a friend to become a yoga teacher. Yoga made me realize how everything is connected: mind, body, and people. My thoughts affect my doings, and my doings affect other people. I don’t teach yoga at the moment, but I try to practice it as often as...

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How do you feel? “GOOD!”

Performer Benji van Beurden tells the story of his brother recovering from brain cancer in a way that make the audience feel both sad and empowered at the same time. He kicks off his performance with some stimulating questions to reactivate the audience after they had dinner. Benji: “How do you feel?” Audience: “Good.” Benji:...

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patricia kaersenhout | creating new narratives

“How can we wipe away the tears of the ocean?”     Patricia Kaersenhout emphasises the invisibility of minorities in Western society. Her artistic journey has been an investigation about growing up in Dutch culture while having a Suriname background. She captivates the audience by exploring the relation between domination and representation: “My parents...

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martha montero-sieburth | day of the dead

Let’s think one moment about Martha Montero-Sieburth’s opening questions: “Why are there cultures in the world where the very idea of death pushes us away? Why is it so repulsive to touch a skull, to see a person dying in front of your, or to see another person’s pain about a starving loved one?”...