Not Books, Not Games, Something Totally Different: TED – Ideas Worth Spreading

24 Apr

I discovered TED – Ideas worth spreading one or two weeks ago (I think it was on the WordPress blog).

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.

It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

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So far, I’ve watched and listened to quite a few talks there and TED is probably one of my most favorite sites by now. The talks are full of awesome and most of them are very inspiring, too.

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The first talk I listened to was given by philosopher-comedian Emily Levine.

Emily Levine: “A trickster’s theory of everything”

It’s full of sparkling ideas, insights and surprising connections – a very interesting mix of philosophy and comedy, IMO, that looks at science, math and society.

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I love the use of data and the presentation of stats in this one.

Hans Rosling: “Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen”

Very informative, interesting and – yes – eye-opening. A great presentation with a few good laughs.

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The stealth bomber of the sea and what it has to do with the discovery of the bacteria’s communication system.

Bonnie Bassler: “Discovering bacteria’s amazing communication system”

I thought this talk totally fascinating. Very cool!

The way Bonnie Bassler makes it easy to follow is awesome – wish I could do a presentation like that.

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This one helped me to understand some experiences of a very good friend better.

Jill Bolte Taylor: “My stroke of insight”

Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who had a massive stroke. She talks about how her brain functions shut down one by one and isn’t afraid to whip out a real human brain complete with the spinal cord.

What helped me to understand some experiences of my friend better (no stroke or schizophrenia) is the part when she talks about how right and left hemisphere process data, how they work together, and what happens when one hemisphere takes precedence over the other.

But even without that, this is a very moving presentation and a fascinating and inspiring talk.

Thank you.

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2 Responses to “Not Books, Not Games, Something Totally Different: TED – Ideas Worth Spreading”

  1. nath Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    LOL, funny! My co-worker just showed me a clip yesterday! What a coincidence 🙂

  2. Taja Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Nath – LOL! Yes, what a funny coincidence. Did you know the site before yesterday?

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