Ten TED talks I took in today
Starting about a year ago, I started following the release of videos from TED events. If one looked interesting, I would download the video to watch later. In this way, I accumulated a substantial collection of talks which I never managed to watch.
I spent a Saturday evening working my way through the list. These are my favorites out of this batch.
- Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory — exploring the subtle and evasive nature of happiness, how we can study it, and the surprising way in which it manifests in our lives
- Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success — a critical look at how we evaluate ourselves and others, and how this shapes our social constructs
- Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity — an insightful questioning of commonly held and accepted ideas about the creative process, and how they could be changed for the better
- David Logan on tribal leadership — a taxonomy of tribal groups in modern society, and how leaders influence them
- Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe — a radical perspective on health care, and how technology can help to transform it into a more decentralized and personal system
- Erin McKean redefines the dictionary — a humorous and accurate look at lexicography: where it came from, where it is and where it needs to go
- Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action — deriving design inspiration from natural systems
- Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight — a riveting first-person account of a stroke from a brain scientist: funny, bizarre, transcendent and awesome
- Margaret Wertheim on the beautiful math of coral — coral reefs, non-euclidean geometry, general relativity and more unfold from a global community art project
- Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds — a look at different types of mental capacities within the autism spectrum, how they create our perception of the world, and how they can be nurtured in young people