About Christophe

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Indicating my college degrees is part of indicating my interests: as a master in neuro-behavioural sciences and in statistics, I'm deeply interested in how we perceive reality, both as an individual (subjective) as from a scientific (objective or inter-subjective) point of view.
If I would worship a god, it would be Athens, the Goddess of knowledge. I uphold truth (and the ways to obtain it) high in my banner, even if I know I might be wrong.
Finding my element, I founded of IdeasWE (Ideas Worth Executing) and TEDx Flanders. Other aspects of my life include - "I was a Belgian boy scout & leader" - "I love Japan, anime, culture, language, music, food".... Oh, I'm a dreamer and a skeptic, a rational optimist and a child of rennaissance * surrealism. If that doesn't make sense to you... we should have a conversation! Nice to meet you!

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Japanese

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TED2010

Areas of Expertise

Statistics, psychology, skeptisism, Scientific reasoning, Epistemology, Neuroscience, Social Game Design

An idea worth spreading

[2 years ago] offer all children of the world the possibility to see Ted-talks ted talks (from a certain age, say 10 and up).
Each of those kids should at least know what adults can dream about. [Current] There is only one big story left... from the start of this universe up to now and how it all evolved and is evolving. We can go for an era of "splendorism", where we build on positive-sum-games that can propel humanity towards a great future.

I'm passionate about

Science, truth, social games, life, Japan

Universities

KU Leuven

Talk to me about

Statistics, TedxFlanders, Philosophy of science

People don't know I'm good at

Appreciating them

My TED story

July 3rd 2009: I organised the first TEDx event in Belgium. It was small scale, low budget. I did get 3 good speakers and an audience of 70 people. I see this as a step towards more events
October 2009: foundation of non profit organisation: IdeasWE vzw (Ideas Worth Executing).
January 22nd 2010: TEDx Flanders II. Four speakers, 70 people, warm atmosphere, very nice food during the break,... September 5th 2010 TEDxFlanders @the ZOO was our first big event, Since then, we started Youth events, Salons & Live events. 24th of September was our first big peak where 1000 people attended our main event in the Flemish Opera. There was absolutely no negative feedback! everybody loved it! We are still growing, and our name is getting established. This adventure is taking me further than I ever could imagine

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Comments & conversations

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Christophe Cop
Posted 15 days ago
"What is happiness?"
Thanks for your reply Nicholas Of course I need to agree that the knowledge of specific facts might hurt a person (like hearing what some of your deemed friends say behind your back, or your girl/boyfriend cheating on you,...) - especially those things you care about. I think one can easily find find cases where the discovery of certain facts may have led to depression or even suicide. -- I also believe that there must be cases where the absence of certain facts might have led to depression or suicide as well, as portrayed in Greek tragedies or Shakespeare's The Moor of Venice -- In those cases, ignorance may be bliss... but then again, if you uphold truth high in your banner, in the end, you might be happier that you did find out. I think that's why, on an average scale, both balance out or lean over towards knowing is better... Best,
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Christophe Cop
Posted 16 days ago
Can we make spiders do 3D printing?
I agree with Harald. The documentary on the spider-silk producing goats explains that the problem lies in the ecology of the spider: it is hardly possible to herd them... hence their GMO sollution. But with the parasites-talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/ed_yong_suicidal_wasps_zombie_roaches_and_other_tales_of_parasites), maybe there are perspectives to make very tame spiders that produce spider? They would be zombie spiders, or cyborg spiders
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Christophe Cop
Posted 16 days ago
What are the alternatives to helping other people?
Well, Helping others is one thing you can do... and I would recommend it. But, if you want to achieve some personal goals, and think that helping others is a waste of time (maybe when it's not really working or if you spend all your time doing it), you could focus on your (other) passions. Although your personal goals "family" and "relationship" involve others... so appreciating them and caring &c is a good thing to do. As for income: looking for better opportunities and working hard might help you climb the financial ladder. (as well as networking: connecting people to each other will make them connect you to the people who can help you on the ladder)... Helping others goes both ways: let yourself be helped by others.
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Christophe Cop
Posted 17 days ago
what role does self-pity play in your life?
oh, the joy of wallowing in self-pity ^_^ It has a strange comforting feeling sometimes (melancholic). Though I don't think it's something to dwell upon too long. Although I never really considered this topic before... it is quite interesting On Google scholar, there aren't many articles or decent studies. I hope it will be researched soon (Might be interesting for a TED talk) -edit- it seems to have relations with masochism and depression -- - edit: seems an interesting read: http://books.google.be/books?hl=nl&lr=&id=HsgGbFKaoaUC&oi=fnd&pg=PA178&dq=self+pity+&ots=iAgINya8RV&sig=UWLsplgn-s0Ui2tlVTtFaaxUlaw#v=onepage&q=self%20pity&f=false -
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Christophe Cop
Posted 17 days ago
"What is happiness?"
On the relationship between happiness and intelligence: there seems to be a positive correlation (though not a firm one) https://www.google.be/search?q=correlation+between+happiness+and+intelligence&rlz=1C1CHFX_nlBE445BE445&oq=correlation+between+happ&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j0l5.14724j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 The claim that knowledge decreases happiness has no support. So that shouldn't be a reason to stay ignorant ;-) I would recommend reading 'the happiness Hypothesis' by Johnatan Haidt. One of the best reads on the topic. Then we have the idea of synthetic happiness Dan Gilbert. by http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy Increasing happiness (according to Haidt) can be done through medication, meditation and (cognitive, behavioral) therapy. Furthermore, it seems that happiness has a strong hereditary component. Sometimes, when I'm waiting (in a line or for the bus), I try and change my neutral state to a happy one. Like self-suggestion: I remind myself about how great it is to be alive, to see the people and watching them bustling around, or admire a tree and look at the details of the bark,... or listen to the different noises. It works. Yes, you can question everything, and why shouldn't you be happy while doing so?
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Christophe Cop
Posted about 2 months ago
Damaged brains and voice recognition
somewhat relevant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphasia I don't know which kind of aphasia that person has, but it must be something like that. If the meaning of words is scrambled, then it would be a case-by-case way to "translate" it (as people with similar speech disorders would probably have other types of scrambling). Software should thus be that it can learn the specific changes. That would mean the program would need quite some training (with the patient and an assistant).
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Christophe Cop
Posted about 2 months ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
It is more neurological than it is visual, as visual impairment does not cause dyslexia (it does decrease your ability to read at all), nor do glasses improve or cure dyslexia. (note: if "visual" is the functioning of the eye up to the cones and staves, then it definitely isn't visual... I would say that it must lie in the further regions of visual processing; at least after V1-V4 cortical processing) However: Improving reading can help, as the problem with dyslexia implies the difficulty to process letters into words. If you look at Chinese signs, one notices dyslexia poses less problems, as the reading of symbols is processed differently.
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Christophe Cop
Posted 2 months ago
a data base that gathers and manages knowledge and distributes such knowledge to better the humanitarian world
I think you refer to some kind of AI that can discern quality of information and make it freely accessible when one should want it? I am in favor of AI, but I hope HI will not suffer from it. As you need to be smart in order to understand that you need certain information. I gather that computers (and software) will get better and better, as we will continue to implement Bayesian learning algorithms.
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Christophe Cop
Posted 2 months ago
How to decrease fat absorption?
If you think about Montignac diet, it stresses that sugars rather than fat are the problem when it comes to caloric intake. Fat as such is an essential part of our diet. You don't need to decrease the absorption, you need to have a healthy diet. Prevent yourself from fast-food and learn to cook and prepare your own meals (if you don't do so already).
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Christophe Cop
Posted 2 months ago
Can there be passion without a reward?
Yes, passion as such is intrinsic, so no reward is expected from it. The passion might give rewards in itself. I for example love boardgames, and the reward is playing them and winning them or having fun while playing. As for how a passion comes to be, I think there always must be some underlying reward-system (as there must be some positive reinforcement towards certain behavior, so we can call it a passion once it is instilled in our mind)