Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

TEDxYouth@Manchester

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

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What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? Philosopher Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer.

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

TEDSalon NY2011

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

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Readability: 3.7


We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

TEDSalon NY2012

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

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What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

TEDxBrussels

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

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Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

TEDGlobal 2011

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

TEDGlobal 2011

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

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After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.

Morley: "Women of Hope"

TEDxWomen 2011

Morley: "Women of Hope"

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Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi's call to action, "If you're feeling helpless, help someone," Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice.

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

TEDxSydney

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

1,742,387 views

Readability: 4.4


We have no ways to directly observe molecules and what they do -- but Drew Berry wants to change that. He demos his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells.

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

TEDxRC2

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

361,290 views

Readability: 4.1


In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when our values diverge.

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

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Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative.

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

TEDxBrussels

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

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Readability: 4.3


Paddy Ashdown believes we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

TEDxWomen 2011

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

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Readability: 3.9


Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren't just a footnote. Jane Fonda asks how we can re-imagine this new phase of our lives.

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

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For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

856,046 views

Readability: 3


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

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

TED2011

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

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Readability: 4.2


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 ...