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Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner at TEDxNYED

Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he w...
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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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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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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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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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