Muratcan Akçay

Istanbul /taksim, Turkey

About Muratcan

Bio

Mathematician, Drummer, Musician, Translator, Geek, Nerd, Lover, Yogi... how many labels would I need to be able to 'define' myself?
I'm as faulty and unique as the next human being and I question everything.
I am smart.
I am aware.
I am.

Welcome.

Languages

English, Turkish

Areas of Expertise

Mathematics, Drums/Percussion, Translation - English to Turkish, T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Yang Style, Zhan Zhuang and Zazen

An idea worth spreading

Everyone should learn and practice Zhan Zhuang (Post Standing). 1 hour of daily Zhan Zhuang practice will absolutely change your life, for the better. It is probably THE BEST exercise for all age ranges (children and elders included), much healthier and beneficial than any other exercise method (running, weight lifting, etc.) And it is not just a physical training but also a mental and spiritual training, i.e. it's the whole package. Don't take my word on it, do a research on Zhan Zhuang, Get advice from someone experienced, if possible, for the correct posture (important!) and mentality, and start with standing for just 10-20 minutes a day. Do it for 30 days straight and experience the change yourself. You will become healthier, calmer, less-stressed, more relaxed, more focused, your immune system will get stronger, your blood pressure, circulation, breathing will stabilize, and your back-, knee-, neck- pains will disappear. And these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm passionate about

Life! Experiencing and growing.

Talk to me about

Anything and everything.

People don't know I'm good at

I am good at understanding.

My TED story

I JUST LOVE TED!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted about 2 months ago
Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?
Certain multiverse theories support communication between discreet universes. Thus, according to these theories, it is possible to collect evidence of other universes, even maybe 'access' them from our universe. Yes these theories are not proven, but the point is that your assumption is not a fact, just another theory. So please don't call anyone a fool lest you might be called one ;)
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Posted about 2 months ago
Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?
I prefer to believe we are in the "fullest" reality, where all possibilities exist - in parallel universes. This "multiverse" is such that it contains all possible universes governed by all possible rules, and it also contains the "nothing" This way it is complete in itself. In a sense "perfect". The individual universes may not be "perfect", but the multiverse comprising of the universes is. There's a universe where the gravitational constant is %10e-1000 smaller, as well as a universe where only my name is different, and nothing else. All alternate timelines exist, as well as lifeless universes where the rules do not allow life to flourish. As to the why? I believe the answer is because it is possible. And since it is possible it becomes a reality. So, what would be "impossible" in such a multiverse? To me this is a much more intriguing question. Sometimes the answers are hidden in what *isn't* in there, more then they're hidden in what *is* in there. And I can't help but remark that I didn't like this talk at all. I find it misleading and not well-prepared.
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Posted 10 months ago
Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?
I'm assuming If you put wealthy people in a cheap car they wouldn't change because they already know they're rich, and the cheap car won't affect it. But if you put a poor guy in a luxury car then their behaviour might change, since driving an expensive car will bestow a feeling of "being rich" hence change their behaviour. Just a theory. And the other experiments also support the car experiment's conclusions. More experiments like these would be so valuable to help us understand human motivation, behaviour and morality.
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Posted 11 months ago
Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain?
Wonderful wonderful presentation. I loved the way she started with "why are we (our brains) different?" a, talked about neurons and brain sizes and etc.. and came to the surprising conclusion of "because of our feeding habits". It was like a plot-twist you'd encounter in a movie or a book, that makes you lol. Very informative and very innovative. Thank you Suzana, for your work.
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Posted 11 months ago
Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world
Yes, I remembered all five when he first asked. But in the middle of the talk he said something about reinforcing(?) the memories, and that's when I re-counted the words, reinforcing them in my memory. Else, I could've forgotten them at the end of the talk. So I thought it would be nice to demonstrate that although you could remember the words when he first asked, you could also forget them at the end of the talk, thus demonstrating the importance of reinforcing. I don't understand what you mean by 'man of many aspects of completion'. :)
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Posted 12 months ago
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
I can't believe this man defends nuclear power. Maybe now after the Fukushima disaster he's come to his senses, but even then... Unbelievable. Watch Helen Caldicott's answer to Gates' nuclear proposal: http://youtu.be/8hTuqy6RpFQ?t=47m5s Helen's full talk is worthy of watching btw. She should present a talk on TED. Why hasn't she?