Mahmoud Aghiorly

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Which TED talk affected you the most ?

Define the best 3 Talks that u've liked most !

  • Feb 24 2012: Benjamin Zander, on music and passion. That was the first time I experienced the beauty of classical music... It was amazing.
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      Feb 25 2012: For another amazing experience, search YouTube for Leonard Bernstein's Young Peoples Concerts.
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    Feb 22 2012: I loved Louie Schwartzberg TEDxSF talk on Gratitude. His film has become a daily prayer for me. Brene Brown's talk on Vulnerability and Eve Ensler's Embracing Your Inner Girl would be the next twol.
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    Mar 4 2012: At first, I said to myself, don't cry in front of all these people... you don't want to embarrass yourself in front of a room full of such extraordinary people... and extraordinary humans we became... as tears rolled down all our cheeks, we weren't scientists, artists, designers, investors, anymore... we became human, and we cried together, and we loved together, and we were all extremely moved by Bryan Stevenson's talk. This talk is going to change the world. His words resonated with such clarity and simplicity. Rosa Park's advice to him is my new mantra "Be brave... be brave... be brave". Can't wait until his talk is put up!! But for now, check out the blog:
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    Mar 4 2012: I now need to add one more. Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Hearing someone so eloquently espouse the benefits of a character trait I have always been made to feel somehow abnormal about was inspiring. Just did a post talking about it in a little more detail can't wait for the book to arrive.
  • Mar 4 2012: No doubt, Bryan Stevenson. He hit the nail on the head. At the end of the day our legacy we will be measured by what we have done for those in need and not by what we have accumulated in material posessions. Thanks for asking ...
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    Mar 4 2012: Always original Sir Ken & Wade Davis... but 3 new ones worth watching... Bryan Stevenson, Susan Cain, & a call of the wild... Reggie Watts.
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    Feb 26 2012: Sunitha Krishnan's Talk on Sex Slavery brings me to tears every time I watch it. Maybe it's becauseI know that what is happening is wrong and I'm not sure what I can do to help - but part of me feels this way because I'm a decendent from a culture that seems all too willing to turn its eyes away from such happenings that have continued for centuries.
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    Feb 25 2012: Great and simpel question, my straightforward answers:

    Ken Robinson on School killing creativity

    Thelma Golden on art shaping societys´ change
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    Feb 24 2012: William Kamkwamba on building a windmill
    Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education and Ken Robinson
    Philip Zimbardo shows how people become monsters ... or heroes
    Every time i'm feeling bad . I watch this or better i come to the site and watch the videos for me is a therapy. hhehe
    Abraços do Brasil a todos.
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    Feb 22 2012: Paul Stamets on 6 ways fungi can save the world..Ken Robinson on schools killing creativity... Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice.

    Paul Stamets...what can I say? I thought he was a nutter in the first five minutes then realized was an absolute genius, a modern pioneer...I've taken up eating fungi in a big way and growing my own.

    I'm a teacher so Ken Robinson's talk came as a refreshing dose of common sense in a world where people think the standardization of education is a good thing. I don't understand why people want schools to be like Macdonalds, offering identical products and churning out identical products.

    Barry Schwartz...I had to buy a camera recently and was confronted by the same dilemma...paralysis. Didn't know what to buy...too much choice...not enough professionals on hand to inform you...and then of course, there's TV...quality definitely becomes diluted when there are so many channels. There may be the same number of quality programmes or more...but with just so many channels to wade through, it's impossible to find them. He hit the nail on the head.
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    Feb 22 2012: Whiile many talks have impacted, thrilled or enlightened me, my all time favourite is BjornLomborg, an economist. He demonstrated a novel way of considering massive world issues and faced them head on in a TED address. He addressed issues like global warming and pandemics in a practical order for real substantive change.
    • Mar 1 2012: What? Like assuming we only have $50 billion dollars what would do the most good Like NOT addressing climate change? you mean that one? Are oyu serious?
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    Feb 22 2012: affected or liked?

    affected is: dennett on memes, novogratz on patient capital and rosling's dataset
  • Mar 7 2012: I haven't been long enough to say but I think the one talk that affected me the most is Brené Brown's "The power of vulnerability".

    I've always been a protective(?) person when it comes to myself. I lacked the ability to trust and be uncertain about things and in a way that was making me worse off than how I wanted to be. Listening to that talk gave me the push I needed to start working towards a better self.
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    Mar 4 2012: Barry Schwartz... Practical Wisdom! A brilliantly inspiring talk, as the same sort of people with the willingness to do the right thing, and the knowledge and experience to know what the right thing is, would most easily buckle to pressure NOT to bend the rules in their favor.

    What about my profile gave it away? *cough*
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    Mar 4 2012: surely all of them.
    but with "Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty" I almost cried !
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    Mar 4 2012: I would have to say that Thandie Newton's presentation "Embracing otherness, embracing myself" affected me the most. It's an issue that very much touched home.... It's been something I've always wanted to express vocally and through my art and she expressed it beautifully. It was very moving.

    Oh and can't forget Ken Robinson's "schools kill creativity" :)
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    Mar 4 2012: Absolutely Paul Gilding: The Earth Is Full. I have always had a concern about conservation since I was 12 years old. When I went to China on a cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing 14 years ago, I say the infrastructure for automobile travel being built. I thought "Oh my god, hell with enough oil on the planet, is there going to be enough oxygen to combust?"
    There have been a number of other presenters that I would describe as insight to the human physique. Jill Bolte, A Stroke of Insight, describing left and right sided brain strengths. Now I know why I feel bigger than life when I walk into a room of strangers. Thandie Newton, Embracing otherness. Making being different ok. My last, Nancy Duate, How to make your ideas work. Finally figured out it's been my presentation, not my ideas that have been wrong. Armed with the knowledge of TED I hope to serve humanity in a stronger way. It's tough being out in-front and a little moral support from TED goes a long way.
  • Mar 3 2012: 1. radical/sensible talk from Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
    2. all courageous, core-shaking pieces from Eve Ensler
    3. grounded, honest and utterly endearing Raghava: Five Lives of an Artist
  • Mar 1 2012: One about "Post Secret". Also, a few others but they were school related abd I listened to them a while ago.
  • Mar 1 2012: I think the Favourite List will tell more than just name three of them.
    we all have different test and interest. we choose the topics that most interest us.

    To name the best three talks, by just using the word BEST means there are the worst three talks as well.
    these words gives diagnoses to the choice or/and talks, but unfortunately I am not a doctor.

    If I say what are the MOST interesting talks for me you might think there are the LEST interesting talks as well.
    and above all, I haven't seen them all to be able to categorize, plus there are TEDx Talks around the world too.
    do you count that?
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      Mar 2 2012: Edwin...........I thought I was going to read your list..........and then look at what you wrote.

      So funny.......oh well, you did answer the question.

      Your comment reminded me of the talk on the paradox of choice.

      Thank you
  • Mar 1 2012: All of the Rosling ones. Michael Pawlyn on Biomimcry is also brilliant as about simplicity and effectiveness. THe seawater greenhouse will be very useful in Spain and other parts of the world
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    Feb 29 2012: Dan Pink on the science behind motivation.
    Simply because it reminds me of how stupid the typical 9-5 slaveshift is, especially when the majority of people are not interested in what they get paid to do.
    But it keeps the American machine running. 9-5's are a necessary evil.
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    Feb 29 2012: There have been several, for different reasons:
    In music... a 3 minute clip by Bobby McFerrin...definitely worth watching if you haven't seen it.

    In psychology...Brene Brown's Power of vulnerability....I have watched it several times and share it quite a bit.
    In Science....Karry Mullis on "Celebrate the experiment" beautifully inspiring, and a tie for third place with the wacky Clifford Stoll on "Everything".

    [Edited...reduced list, had not noticed top 3...sorry]
  • Feb 28 2012: Ray Kurzweil
    Benjamin Zander
  • Feb 28 2012: Jill Bolte Taylor's talk, A Stroke of Insight, is incredibly moving. As a scientist, a woman, and a human being, she reaches out to the audience and connects with them in such a profound way unparalleled by any other TED talk I have ever seen. If you haven't watched it, do.
    She says it better than I can: "So who are we? We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. We have the power to choose moment by moment who and how we want to be in the world."
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    Feb 25 2012: When I think about it I found the Brian Cox's presentation "Why do we need explorers" ( really inspiring, mostly due to the fact that I came across this presentation in time when I was about to decide about my future life (I mean choosing the right university of course). And few years after this - today - I may say I did the right decision.

    But one presentation I found really inspiring and somehow important to me is Robin Ince's "Science vs. Wonder?" (, because of this talk I took up translating TEDTalk to my native language. So therefore it was then when I - for the first time - participate on spreading the TED idea.
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    Feb 24 2012: deutsch on good explanations
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    Feb 24 2012: Single Story by Chimamanda Adisi.
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      Feb 24 2012: I liked that talk very much. Another favorite of mine for different reasons was Clay Shirky on cognitive surplus. Another was Stefan Sagmeister on the power of time off.
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      Feb 29 2012: I also was moved my her talk. It was one of the first TED talks I ever watched.

      I have used the term "the danger of a single story" many times when I run into individuals who have only one view of any particular idea, peoples, etc.. She opened my eyes of understanding quite a bit.
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    Feb 24 2012: For me it is Thandie Newton with "embracing otherness, embracing myself". His speech is so deep and intimate, and the message is very clear. I discovered by greatest chance. One of those things that upset moment of my life. Thank you to her and TED.
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    Feb 24 2012: For personal impact, I agree with Clarence, Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDx Iowa City;search%3Awahl

    For mind blowing, Dr. Tony Attala at TED2011
  • Feb 24 2012: "Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims" . I really got tears on my eyes when he says the dolphin story. That story will be longlasting in mind until to death. May God help the Nature and Animals.
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    Feb 23 2012: Ken Robinson's 'schools kill creativity'
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    Feb 23 2012: The talk by Majora Carter during TED 2006 was incredible... Several others were eye-opening. I was recently moved to make changes in my eating because of a TEDxIowaCity talk by Dr. Terry Wahls called Minding Your Mitochondria.
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    Feb 22 2012: Do I really have to pick just three? That's completely impossible, but if I have to try then Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom would really have to be up there as would Brene Brown The power of vulnerability and any talk by Aimee Mullins (particularly the opportunity of adversity).

    But I guess it depends on what you mean by affected. Do you mean inspired me to do something, inspired me to think about something, made me feel better about life, helped me understand something better? There are so many ways that I have been affected by TED talks. The fact that I am almost four months into A Year of TED project, implementing the concepts of TED talks into my life, probably illustrates that
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    Feb 22 2012: I loved Shawn Achor's The happy way to work better talk, a true life changer. He has made me a positive man with a better intellect. on social grounds and ground breaking reality the TEDx Mysore event 2009... the talk from Sunitha Krishnan, has moved not me as one but as a group of activists who are willing to bring happiness and security to the betterment of our worlds.
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    Feb 22 2012: Great questions, and I would also like to hear what poeple have *done* as a result of a 'best' TED talk, or how they have used the ideas... especially regarding mobilizing people for change and on developing Leadership, in any context, especially if people can name the results our outcomes.

    After all, the ideas and feelings are good what matters is what we *do*.

    Meanwhile, I remain constantly in awe of the great speakers and the whole premise of TED, and hope to be able to report back in the same way mysel..
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    Feb 22 2012: "Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity": this is one of my best..!