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Daniel Goleman: Why arent we all Good Samaritans?

www.ted.com Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of th...
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The 20 most popular TED Talks of all time

These iconic talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.
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TEDxConejo - Reza Aslan - Unity in Diversity - YouTube

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, tells his own story of growing up as an Iranian-born emigre and explores the co...
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Life is Your Talents Discovered | Sir Ken Robinson | TEDxLiverpool - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this terrific and witty closing of TEDxLiverpool, Sir Ken Robins...
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On reading the Koran

On reading the Koran | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazleton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk.
(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
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The doubt essential to faith

The doubt essential to faith | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.
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The success of nonviolent civil resistance: Erica Chenoweth at TEDxBoulder - YouTube

Between 1900-2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. Erica will talk about her research on the impressi...
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Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
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Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much - YouTube

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn...
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The origins of pleasure

The origins of pleasure | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.
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WATCH: The Amazing Story Of How This Astronaut Went To Space, Went Blind And Returned To Earth Will Leave You In Awe

WATCH: The Amazing Story Of How This Astronaut Went To Space, Went Blind And Returned To Earth Will Leave You In Awe | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
He tweeted from the International Space Station. Now astronaut Chris Hadfield tells the amazing story of going blind in space. Then he covers David Bowie, just because....
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Why dieting doesn't usually work

Why dieting doesn't usually work | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
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Tali Sharot: The optimism bias - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bri...
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How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity - YouTube

Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior tea...
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Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
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The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

The moral roots of liberals and conservatives | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
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Customize Learning: Engage Students, Textbooks Not Required | Philip Kovacs, Ph. D. | TEDxHuntsville - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The educational reforms of the last 100 years are predicated on inf...
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Faith versus tradition in Islam

Faith versus tradition in Islam | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs?
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I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace. | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring.
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The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
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Why I love a country that once betrayed me

Why I love a country that once betrayed me | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.
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Teaching Creative Computer Science | Simon Peyton Jones | TEDxExeter - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Simon Peyton Jones wants children not just to consume technology, b...
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The transformative power of classical music

The transformative power of classical music | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
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Tales of ice-bound wonderlands

Tales of ice-bound wonderlands | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.
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Why we love, why we cheat

Why we love, why we cheat | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
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