Posts tagged with ‘ted

That time in 2008, when Robin Williams jumped out of the audience and highjacked a BBC sponsored TED conference, because he could

During a taping of a BBC sponsored TED conference in 2008, taping had to stop temporarily due to technical issues when a voice shouted out from the crowd “Why, at a tech conference, is everything run so shittily?”, and then… Robin Williams.

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A TED-Ed Animation Exploring Some Lesser-Known Facts About the United States Declaration of Independence

TED Ed of the day: How to read music

So you think you’re not musically inclined and just looking at sheet music makes your eyes cross? In this TED video, Ted Hansen breaks it down into easy to understand bits so you’ll be reading those bars and clefs in no time.

Morning TED Talk - Can Science Answer Moral Questions?

Sam Harris delivers an insightful discussion of the ability for questions of morality to be answered through scientific means.  Can Science address topics of human values such as what makes life worth living?  What is good and evil?  What is right and wrong?

Father’s Day TED talk: How movies teach manhood

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of “Star Wars,” he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

TED talk of the day: The Illusion of Consciousness

Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don’t we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Sunday TED talk: The terrors of sleep paralysis

Imagine you’re fast asleep and then suddenly awake. You want to move but can’t, as if someone is sitting on your chest. And you can’t even scream! This is sleep paralysis, a creepy but common phenomenon caused by an overlap in REM sleep and waking stages. Ami Angelowicz describes just how pervasive (but harmless) it is and introduces a cast of characters from sleep paralysis around the world.

TED talk of the day: What makes us feel good about work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

TED talk of the day: How languages change and evolve

Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.

Five examples of how language affects the way you think

While it may seem that language is language, and whatever people name things are just what they are—descriptions. While that’s essentially true, how people in different languages express the world around them affects the way they think. From Zuni speakers being unable to tell the difference between orange and yellow because they only have one word for both to how people in Scandinavia perceive gender, it comes down to how their language is structured.

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TED talk of the day: David Pogue’s top 10 time saving tech tips

How many of these did you already know? How many of these do you already do?

TED talk of the day: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasms

It’s orgasms, it’s science… it’s a sciencegasm!

TED talk of the day: As work becomes more complex, here are six rules to simplify

Yves Morieux talks about how the two main pillars of business management— the hardline approach and the soft-hearted approach— are both wrong and contribute to workers becoming more disengaged and miserable at work. Warning: Really, really strong French accent ahead.

Ted talk of the day: Professor Benjamin Bratton on why all these pie in the sky Ted talk things never come true

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