Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

TED2004

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

1,527,380 views


Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

TED2002

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

1,666,208 views


Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

TED2004

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

457,756 views


Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

TED2006

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

629,954 views


Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

TED2002

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

4,538,935 views


Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

TED2005

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

636,318 views


In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

529,057 views


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

446,355 views


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

TED2005

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

1,532,766 views


Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

4,427,161 views


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

TED2003

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

2,922,485 views


Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

414,269 views


Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

TED2004

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

15,654,070 views


Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

TED2006

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

22,317,856 views


Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

TED2006

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

2,743,929 views


Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

TEDGlobal 2005

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

11,076,133 views


Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

TED2006

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

12,639,219 views


You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

TED2004

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

6,413,153 views


Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

TED2006

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

3,899,743 views


When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

TED2007

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

1,333,975 views


Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

TED2007

E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

1,415,947 views


As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.