TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. www.ted.com

04.10.2014

TED lectures: Where to train the world’s doctors? Cuba

TED lectures: Where to train the world’s doctors? Cuba

TEDMED 2014 · Filmed Sep 2014 Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most. Transcript… »

18.09.2014

TED lecture. Andrew Connolly: What’s the next window into our universe?

See the Video here Transcript So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called William Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn’t quite move the way the rest of the stars did. And Herschel’s recognition that something was different, that something wasn’t quite right, was the… »

09.08.2014

What does inequality do to our bodies and minds? A social psychologist and an epidemiologist discuss

What does inequality do to our bodies and minds? A social psychologist and an epidemiologist discuss

Does money make you mean? Does lack of money make you sick? Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson and social psychologist Paul Piff discuss the human effects of economic and social inequality. What do a disease-fighting epidemiologist (retired) and an up-and-coming social psychologist have in common? They’re both fascinated by the unseen social problems… »

21.07.2014

David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?

David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?

Right now you have a movie playing inside your head. It’s an amazing multi-track movie. It has 3D vision and surround sound for what you’re seeing and hearing right now, but that’s just the start of it. Your movie has smell and taste and touch. It has a… »

14.07.2014

TED Lecture: How do you explain consciousness?

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. See Video Transcript:… »

05.07.2014

TED: Need to know: About Facebook’s emotional contagion study

TED: Need to know: About Facebook’s emotional contagion study

By Laura McClure for TED Ethicists are concerned about the recently published details of a mood alteration experiment conducted on Facebook users. Ready to go beyond the headlines? 5 primary sources worth reading next. Source: “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” Adam Kramer et al, Proceedings of the… »

15.06.2014

The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest

The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest

In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter decided to take a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing: “I thought it would be a safe way to do… »

11.06.2014

Why is inequality the big hot issue right now?

Why is inequality the big hot issue right now?

TED: Writer Jimmy Guterman takes society’s temperature and digs into the reasons we’re all talking about inequality. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is a book of our moment. It may be the most unlikely egghead highbrow bestseller since A Brief History of Time – and it’s… »

16.04.2014

Chrystia Freeland at TED: The rise of the new global super-rich

See the TED lecture here Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that… »

10.04.2014

Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

By Christopher Soghoian.- The 2011 Arab Spring captured the attention of the world. It also captured the attention of authoritarian governments in other countries, who were worried that revolution would spread. To respond, they ramped up surveillance of activists, journalists and dissidents who they feared would… »

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