Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

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Readability: 3.3


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

1,023,083 views

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

2,511,726 views

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

1,646,777 views

Readability: 3.4


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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Readability: 4


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

384,527 views

Readability: 3.1


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

881,794 views

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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Readability: 4.7


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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Readability: 4.2


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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Readability: 4.5


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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Readability: 4.6


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

1,539,183 views

Readability: 3.8


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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Readability: 4


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?

1,198,493 views

Readability: 3.5


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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Readability: 4.6


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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Readability: 3.7


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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Readability: 4.4


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.