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A sculptural love letter to Spider-Man

Written by Kate Torgovnick May • Posted Jan 27, 2015
Take a closer look at a new sculpture by artist Hetain Patel which involves a fiberglass Spider-Man suit and a very fervent thank you letter.
In conversation

Want to be happy? Slow down

Written by Helen Walters • Posted Jan 23, 2015
In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about how to spend time meaningfully.
Questions worth asking

16 objects you might find in a pawn shop in 2050

Written by Helen Walters • Posted Jan 21, 2015
Just what kinds of things will we be using in the future? TED Fellow Chris Woebken and a host of contributors came up with a series of objects fit for a future pawn shop. Check them out.

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Truth and Dare.
March 16–20 2015 · Whistler, BC, Canada

In 2015, we will seek to challenge our core beliefs in search of deeper truth, while we celebrate the thinkers, dreamers and mavericks who dare to offer bold new alternatives.

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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
By Pico Iyer

An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

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