Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

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Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

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Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

TEDxCanberra

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

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Sad but true: Many of the cures and vaccines our world desperately needs -- for illnesses millions of people have -- just aren't being produced or developed, because there's no financial incentive. Thomas Pogge proposes a $6 billion plan to revolutionize the way medications are developed and sold.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

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When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home.

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

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Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

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Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

TEDGlobal 2011

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

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Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

TEDMED 2011

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

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Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

TEDMED 2011

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

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Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

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Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

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Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

TEDxCMU

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

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After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the web quickly and accurately -- all for free.

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

TEDxKrakow

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

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People-powered resistance: can it work? Srdja Popovic led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000; he lays out the plans, skills and tools that a people-powered movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor.

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

TEDxEast

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

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Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn't be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

TEDxBoulder 2011

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

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Real narratives are complicated: Africa isn't a country, and it's not a disaster zone, says reporter and researcher Leslie Dodson. She calls for journalists, researchers and NGOs to stop representing entire continents as one big tragedy.

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

TEDMED 2011

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

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Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward.

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

TEDxBrussels

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

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Instead of a boring slide deck at your next presentation, how about bringing in a troupe of dancers? That's science writer John Bohannon's "modest proposal" in this spellbinding choreographed talk. He makes his case by example, in collaboration with dancers from Black Label Movement.

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

TEDGlobal 2011

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

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Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

TEDGlobal 2011

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

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Political prisoners aren't the only ones being tortured -- the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in 'functioning' legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

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Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

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We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

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Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

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Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets personal.

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

TEDxOrangeCoast

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

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When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder (and a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!). In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

TEDxManhattan

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

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Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

TEDxSF

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

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Nature’s beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

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Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

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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.

Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

TEDGlobal 2011

Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

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Engineering student Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully -- and even dance. (Could the Star Wars sphere droid be real? Watch this and judge.)

Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

TEDxBoulder 2011

Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

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What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid -- and there are lots of them out there. With humor and great visuals, Phil Plait shows us all the ways asteroids can kill us (yipes), and what we must do to avoid them.