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TED2008: The Big Questions

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February 27-March 1, 2008
Monterey, California

Many people come to TED seeking the 40,000 foot view. A chance to mentally recharge. A chance to step back and consider the really big stuff that's happening. A chance to understand life in a richer way...TED2008 was our most ambitious attempt yet to deliver on that agenda. We built our program around the biggest questions there are:

  • Who are we?
  • What is our place in the universe?
  • What is life?
  • Is beauty truth?
  • Will evil prevail?
  • How can we change the world?
  • How do we create?
  • What's out there?
  • What will tomorrow bring?
  • What stirs us?
  • How dare we be optimistic?
  • And the point?

Because it's TED, we sought answers not just from the sources you might expect, but by bringing together multiple voices from very different disciplines. And the "Aha" moments often came from the most unexpected connections...