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Emily McManus

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Can I help you find a TEDTalk you remember watching?

Did you ever watch a TEDTalk and then forget which one it was? I can help! I just love helping people find lost TEDTalks from the sketchiest of clues.

Tell me any details you can remember. "There was a lady with a brain ..." "The guy drew a bull's-eye ..." "Silver shoes ..." and we'll puzzle it out together.

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    May 9 2012: Love how you are turning knowing into a scavenger hunt. How could this be turned into a part of a game to help students play find the TED talk?
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    May 18 2012: Emily, the list is growing... I got so many links, I am listening to them one at a time before I post it on the conversation I started on TED.

    The great thing is once I have a talk, I also find the conversations that might add to what I am researching. Here is a link to my conversation on


    This is what it is about:

    Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments!

    What is an epiphany?

    Please share your thoughts on epiphany, insight, aha moments, synchronicity, serendipity.

    Where do they come from?

    ps. I shared your trick with others there. Many thanks!
  • Jun 11 2012: I was looking for a video that was an animated video. The guy was drawing as he was talking and it was about intrinsic extrinsic motivation. I would greatly appreciate it if you could find the video. I want to make one similar but need to show people what I'm talking about. Thank You!
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    Jun 4 2012: I LOVE this offer of assistance! I don't have a request at this time, but an a bit relieved to learn that I am not alone in having a devilish time finding a TED Talk that I can only vaguely remember. I think it would be great if this feature could live on past its natural life in "conversations".

    In general, it is frustrating not to have a way to communicate with TED. For instance, I am trying to "flip" some lessons in TED Ed, but the instructions (such as they are) are not helpful and I am stuck. For instance, when creating questions, how do I insert the multiple choice answers and how can I track students' responses?. Perhaps the intent is for users to figure this stuff out for ourselves. I have a computer genius friend who's response to my admittedly basic questions is usually some variation of, "If you really wanted to know how to do this, you'd know by now".
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      Jun 5 2012: Thank you for your kind words! I'll ask if we can keep this open longer ...

      Sorry about that frustrating experience with TED-Ed -- I know they are going at 1000 miles an hour right now, but let's get you some assistance.
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    Jun 3 2012: I think this Ted's task from you it's a very useful, helpful and nice. You really help people, I congratulate you sincerely. Everybody ought to do the same as frequently as they could. Thanks.
  • May 31 2012: Mary you are fab... thank you for finding the clip!!!! Dave
  • May 26 2012: Thanks Emily--You are right! was it much of a leap?
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      Jun 3 2012: Not much of a leap ;) I loved this talk, and Eli makes a powerful point. For me, I appreciate the functions of personalized search -- for example, while searching for talks for this thread, Google learned that I usually don't click on search results about Ted Nugent, Ted Knight, Ted Baxter ... But now I know that it's happening, and that it can be turned on and off.
  • May 17 2012: Yes, this link you sent is the one that I was looking for, thankyou!
  • May 17 2012: The TED video I am looking for had a male speaker who discussed the Left-Right paradigm and how to have compassion for the other side. He spoke of the reasons why certain people may be more conservative and others more progressive and how that is structurally necessary in society, and therefore we should approach the other side with respect.
    • May 17 2012: That's Jonathan Haidt's first TED talk. It's awesome, and worth listening to multiple times. He also has a new talk up, to go with his new book, which I assume is awesome too, but I haven't had a chance to listen yet. If you're interested in more, I can let you know about a couple of websites that are trying to Haidt's ideas (and other related ones about political decision-making) and put them into practical form for use by campaigns in 2012.

  • May 15 2012: I watched a video about a fetus developing and captured in 3D imagery, by a brilliant man who had helped develop the technology (I think) to capture the pictures. He gave the presentation. Can you help me find it? It was under a TED Conversation. Thank you!
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    May 12 2012: Dear Emily

    One of the talks I am looking for is the talk that says there are studies/research showing that lack of options causes depression.

    the other is one on choice... that not choosing is a choice

    finally, I started a conversation on our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights.... This is a tall order... but I noticed that many Ted talks are based on insights, epiphanies and aha moments. How do I get a collection of at least 10 of these that refer directly to these words...

    ps. I found the one you also quoted as a related talk - The Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight!

    Thank you in anticipation
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    May 12 2012: Thank you, I have reposted these to the hackathon group working on tools for TEDx Organizers.
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    May 12 2012: there was a girl with an artificial leg, she talked about how she had to cut off her legs but was running all over again with the help of prosthetic legs, she talked about how she could use shoes of any size and stuff...can u send me the link for that please...i want to watch it again...that was one of the most inspirational videos i've ever watched, and not only on ted...
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        May 13 2012: thank you for the response, but it is not the video that i am looking for, at some point in that video she jokes about how she could use shoes of any size, and how she doesn't need to worry about breaking her legs when ice skating and stuff...i checked other related videos as well but can't find that particular one...but again, thank you very much for your response, if u happen to find it, please do reply...cheers...
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        May 15 2012: thank u so much, so so much...i mean it...
        • May 18 2012: I viewed the video on both girls and found both to be inspirational and motivating! I have been disabled since Dec 2011, short story is my FMLA ran out on 3/09/12, and the State of Florida terminated me and I am fortunately on State Disability Income and can be until Dec 2012. Yep, that is a Blessing! However, I worked for the State in the same job for 22 years in Nov. 2012, and I am 60 years old! Sent me into a conundrum! I am trying to move on, but a struggle and a mountain to climb, Aimee and Amy both give me inspiration, it is like, " what kind of obstacles do I have to go through?? Financial! Then I am over my moutain!
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        May 15 2012: yeah, of course, that's the one. I did also see that, but in my memory Amy and Aimee had merged into one person. :) Thanks Mary.
  • May 10 2012: Once I saw a TED talk, by a lady that had worked for one of the major news corporations in the US, about how media in the US, are bias to focusing on celebrities in the US, rather than major newsworthy events all around the world, which seriously narrows the recipients angle on the world. There was a very interesting statistic, using a world map, showing this effect in the week right after Anna Nicole Smiths death. I have tried finding this without any luck. Can you please help?
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    May 9 2012: If I asked you to find talks on gaming, how would you go about it? What would be your complete list for gaming and play?
  • Jun 23 2012: I am looking for a talk by a woman who had special needs siblings and she called herself and similar children, 'mirror children', I believe.
  • Jun 23 2012: I am looking for a talk by a woman who had special needs siblings and she called herself and similar children, 'mirror children', I believe.
  • Jun 23 2012: Hi Emily,

    I'm really hoping you can help me. I'm 90% sure this was a TEDTalk I watched (my apologies if it isn't). I'm not sure if it was the topic of the video, but at some part the speaker (a man) discussed genetic/evolutionary algorithms, where algorithms (starting with random instructions) are selected for and reproduce following evolutionary principals to solve a particular problem.

    The video included several diagrams, including one that was black and white and showed how the "activity" (I can't remember what it was exactly) varied with the rate of mutation. When the rate of mutation was too low or too high it would flatline, and when it was at a suitable rate the graph had lots of fluctuations.

    There was also another diagram I remember that showed the population as a blob of color. When a significantly new "species" evolved that solved the problem more efficiently, a wash of new color would replace the original population, and eventually the process would repeat again.

    I've been trying to track down this video for ages to share it with a friend. Any help would be awesome! Thanks!
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    Jun 21 2012: Exactly what I was looking for, thank you!
  • Jun 19 2012: Hi Emily,
    There was a fashion photgrapher that focused on Albinos, helping them come out of their shell. Haven't been able to relocate it.
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    Jun 18 2012: Hi Emily-Thanks for doing this. Okay HELP! Here's what I remember about the video I can't find:

    She was a science prodigy, had at the age of 14 approached Princeton University to see if they needed any help. I think she was 19 when she did the TEDtalk. Anyway, her main topic was that she was researching different approaches to finding a cure for cancer and her theory was based on a question she asked herself which was: What if a cancerous tumor actually started out as cells that were sent out to heal a damaged area of the body and somewhere along the line it's DNA changed and mutated into a cancerous cell and multiplied. She also mentioned that her research showed that we never find cancers in skeletal muscle tissue. So her premise was what if we helped these cells finish their original purpose and instead of going to war with them and trying to kill them with chemo, what if we were able to reverse their DNA back to what it originally was and help them do their healing?

    I think she started out talking about her grandmother who was Hungarian??? (not sure about that) who was her inspiration for going into this line of research. thank you!

    I watched it on the regular TED site and it was at least 2 years ago. Anyway, hope you find her.
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    Jun 18 2012: Suggest me some most inspiring talks please.
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      TED 10+

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      Jun 18 2012: Hey Sam,
      Check out the "surprise me" feature on the homepage of TED.com ( you need to scroll done a bit) You can choose talks by category or ranking, for example "inspiring" and you can some suggestions.
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        Jun 18 2012: thanks a lot... i got it...
  • Jun 17 2012: Hi Emily, I am looking for a talk pertaining to who initiates an idea and how it takes others to get the idea rolling. Often it is an individual then a few more and a different group that really gets the idea into action. there is a scene of people at a park, where one is acting out, then a different person takes the same action/idea and gets the attention of others...finally it is a small group that gets the attention of others and the action/idea is accepted/embraced. LA
  • Jun 16 2012: hi there, i did a tedx talk two weeks ago, do you know when it might be posted.
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    Jun 15 2012: There was a middle eastern guy showing examples of him using computers without mouses or touch pads and little colored things he wore on his fingers.
  • Jun 15 2012: I think it may be a few years old now but I'm looking for TED talk in which a man explains that there is a difference between how you feel the sensation of touch when you touch something and when something else touches you.

    He goes on to suggest that the difference exists because the brain predicts the sensation of touch when you deliberately touch something and subtracts the difference between the prediction and the actual sensation.

    He gives an anecdote about how children in the back of a car will get into an escalating hitting war because they perceive the hit they give to be less impactful than one they receive of equal force.

    I think he also gives some suggestions about why the brain makes this subtraction (to find problems with it's prediction model and to learn something about the thing with which you are interacting) but I'm not sure about this part, I may have just imagined this bit...

    I hope that is enough information and I hope someone knows the talk that I am referring to. I doubt I can remember any more details than that.
  • Jun 13 2012: Hi Emily,

    I have been looking for a TEDx talk that i watched some time along about a paradigm change in mathematics. The speaker was talking about a simple but powerful system to do operations (from basic additions and subtractions to more complicated ones) and it was based in a grid of numbers organized in a diamond-like pattern... that's as much as I can remember, I'd be very glad if you could help me find it. Thanks for trying!

  • Jun 10 2012: Yes I watched a ted talk quite awhile back. I found "Beware of the single story" as remembered the talk was a dark complected woman, I thought from Nigeria (which brought me to that talk). But the one I am searching for was a dark woman from outside the US. She spoke excellent english, but talked about how it did no roll easily off of the tonge, as native languagesdo. I remember liking the talk, but I am not even sure of the topic. Sorry I do not have more to go on I have watched so many my brain has many together. Do you have any ideas?