Keith Barry: Brain magic

TED2004

Keith Barry: Brain magic

14,528,761 views

Readability: 3.1


First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

TED1998

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

1,954,027 views

Readability: 3.6


Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

TED2008

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

5,527,684 views

Readability: 3.6


Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

TED2003

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

335,954 views

Readability: 3.5


Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.

Chris Abani: On humanity

TED2008

Chris Abani: On humanity

898,156 views

Readability: 3.2


Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

EG 2007

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

423,508 views

Readability: 3.1


Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

762,234 views

Readability: 4.3


Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

TED2007

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

894,805 views

Readability: 3.9


Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

TED2008

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

1,023,411 views

Readability: 2.4


Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

TED2002

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

908,562 views

Readability: 3.6


Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

TED2008

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

1,712,135 views

Readability: 3.6


Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

TEDGlobal 2005

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

1,193,098 views

Readability: 4.4


In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

TED2008

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

1,439,045 views

Readability: 4.5


Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

TED2008

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

6,318,292 views

Readability: 4


Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

TED2008

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

1,186,003 views

Readability: 4.4


Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

TED2008

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

776,493 views

Readability: 3.8


Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

TEDGlobal 2007

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

243,489 views

Readability: 3.3


Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.