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Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

http://www.ted.com When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a movin...
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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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The hidden influence of social networks

The hidden influence of social networks | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
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Why aren't we more compassionate?

Why aren't we more compassionate? | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
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Why people believe weird things

Why people believe weird things | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.
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Larry Brilliant: Can we end epidemics in our lifetime? - YouTube

At TED2013, 2006 TED Prize Winner Larry Brilliant updates his Prize wish to create a digital system for early detection of pandemics.
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The politics of fiction

The politics of fiction | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
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The best gift I ever survived

The best gift I ever survived | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift.
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Our shared condition -- consciousness

Our shared condition -- consciousness | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness -- and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
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The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.
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The technology of storytelling

iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.
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Comfortable in the uncomfortable: Jess Huddart at TEDxSouthBankWomen - YouTube

When was the last time you did something that made you feel uncomfortable? Jess, the creative director of design-led digital studio Josephmark, discusses her...
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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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MOOCs: Charles Severance at TEDxKalamazoo - YouTube

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...
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Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?

Are we designed to be sexual omnivores? | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.
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The art of innovation: Guy Kawasaki at TEDxBerkeley - YouTube

Guy Kawasaki at TEDxBerkeley 2014: "Rethink. Redefine. Recreate." His talk is titled "The Art of Innovation." Guy Kawasaki is a special advisor to the Motoro...
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Making sense of string theory

Making sense of string theory | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
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My immigration story

My immigration story | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
In 2010, technologist Tan Le took the TEDGlobal stage to demo a powerful new interface. But now, at TEDxWomen, she tells a very personal story: the story of her family -- mother, grandmother and sister -- fleeing Vietnam and building a new life.
(Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
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We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up

We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.
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Fighting with non-violence

Fighting with non-violence | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need -- as nations and individuals -- to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. (Filmed at TEDxExeter.)
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How to separate fact and fiction online

How to separate fact and fiction online | TED - the Best of the Best | Scoop.it
By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
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A new equation for intelligence

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
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Art that craves your attention

In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception -- and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.
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