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What's that talk where a man organizes human mental processes.thoughts?

Hi there -- I need help finding a specific Ted talk. Approximately 4-5 years ago, I was on a massive Ted talk watching marathon. I was abroad and watched probably 3-5 a day, obviously sometimes more. This continued for months until I had watched all of them (I downloaded them all via itunes and went through them 1 by 1...). I recall there was a male presented who had a diagram of basically a square, cut up in 9 equally sized sections like a grid (or was it 16?), and in each one was a word or something, but each of the 9 boxes stood for a type of thought/mental process. Unfortunately I don't remember anything else. I've tried looking up things from "9 core", "nine categories", "16 groups", "organizing thought", "categorizing thought", etc and various other permutations in Ted instead and via google. I've also tried looking by topics in technology, design, and science, but to no avail. Can you help?

Some specifications:
- Talk has to have been made in 2009 or before.
- Speaker is male
- Stage was not circular, i think it had a number of random objects/construction in the back
- Speaker at some point presents a slide/picture with 9, 12, 16 individual parts in it.

  • Apr 21 2014: IDK, but it sounds neat. If you do find it, please share!
    Did you check the youtube channel?
  • Apr 8 2014: possibly. . . .

    Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing
    at time 3:52

    I think the search term that finds the best results is "theory of mind" and I saw a couple other close possibles in the search results that might be your missing video.

    Also Tunes has a purchase history you can search. Even though it's free the talks might be in your purchase history since that's how iTunes classifies everything downloaded. Google "search Itunes history". I don't know if it works well and how far back it goes so iTunes history is just another low probability suggestion.
    • Apr 8 2014: Unfortunately it wasn't it. I watched it because it was interesting, but his diagram was of a set of numbers and the shapes he related to them. The diagram I had in mind (and so did the speaker in the talk), each of the elements wasn't a number but a type of thinking.

      Also, your talk me realize that i spell out more clearly the "constrains" for the talk -- in this case I knew automatically that it wasn't it, because it was made in 2011 -- mine had to be done in 2009 and before. I've called out these specifics more prominently in my post. Thanks.

      The problem with going through Itunes (although i tried that too) is that the resulting set is still to large... there were hundreds of talks, and when i scanned through them by title and then went into the 20-30 most likely talks, the ones which i picked still didn't yield a hit upon closer inspection.
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    Apr 8 2014: what is a massive Ted talk walking marathon? Who chose what videos you would watch? Maybe you could contact that person and ask if they remember, or how they chose each day what to watch? Or did other people at the time watch the vids with you, maybe you could contact them and ask?

    obviously you can contact TED itself, the email is And/or phone them in New York.
    • Apr 8 2014: Sorry, it was meant to be a "ted watching marathon" (not walking). I've since corrected that. It wasn't coordinated in any complex way and I was just watching them myself. I simply opened up Itunes, subscribed to TED, and proceeded to watch ALL of the shows that were listed (there were hundreds I would guess).

      I've already reached out to TED itself, they're looking into it but so far to no avail.
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        Apr 8 2014: well, sometimes if i want to find something, I try to go back and recreate the exact conditions of when I first viewed the thing. Example: I may be standing by the kitchen table and I think of something I want to tell my wife. I walk into the living room and I realize I've forgotten what I wanted to tell her. It often helps for me to go back to the same spot by the kitchen table where I thought of the thing I wanted to tell her, it often helps me to remember. So I wonder if it would help for you to try to recreate as closely as possible the conditions of your watching the TED videos? (might be kind of fun, a chance to watch them again)
        • Apr 8 2014: I'm pretty much at my whits end in terms of recreating the viewing experience as i watched the hundreds of videos all in pretty much the same location (in a single room either on the bed or at the desk) a whole continent away. (In Germany at the time...)
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        Apr 9 2014: well, if you like the idea, zanthar, my idea would be to recreate it as closely as possible, within reason. Maybe sitting at a desk wherever you are now, perhaps wearing similar clothes or as close as you can get, and so on. Even if it doesn't end up working, it could be kind of fun. Really, re-watching a TED talk is generally enjoyable, would you agree?
        • Apr 9 2014: Yes, I would agree, re-watching a Ted talk is generally enjoyable. Thank you for your advice.