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I got hooked three years ago by speakers like Dennet and Bolte-Taylor, and now have gotten my interests widely expanded. This is definitely one of my favorite websites.

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Posted about 2 years ago
Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology
This is very attractive. Easy and fun to look at. It's this kind of thing that is going to help my son learn biology much easier than I have, since he'll be exposed at an early age - my textbooks of twenty years ago never caught my attention. Also, this gave me the idea for a toy! It consists of a computer program and a physical model of DNA. Take a digital photo of an animal whose genome has been mapped; say, a dog. A biologist pre-selects an interesting piece of genetic code, which, when altered, would produce significantly recognizable changes. Supply a physical plastic/wooden block model for the user to manipulate, switching G's for A's, etc. This physical model can be uploaded and inserted via USB, etc. and we can instantly see what new creature we've created! We might now have a dog with 3 legs, or no hair, or tusks, or whatever. This would also be an interesting challenge of reverse-engineering after the model has been all taken apart.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized
Re: many bashing comments If the man does good science, which he obviously has here, I think people shouldn't worry too much about his motivations. Had he not seen divine inspiration behind the birth process, he might not have tried as hard. Using science to unveil the creator's beauty was the principal drive in Newton's and his generations' work. It may seem old-fashioned to us now, but it was effective.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain
I think you're right, but the problem for people like me is that words seem to be easier to understand than the voice used by the right brain. In a busy or tired day, it takes extra time to interpret the right's voice - at which point Mr. Left puts a block on my irrational use of time and gives me the story straight to the point. Left offers a convincing argument that you, Branko, and this speaker remind me to take more caution towards. I will practice!
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Posted over 2 years ago
Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar
While listening to her, I considered some behaviors common to Japanese and concluded her studies may be US-biased, or Western-biased. Compared with Americans, I find Japanese more often DO - sit still with good posture, fake smile really well, lie about future plans to avoid someone DON'T - fidget, make much eye-contact, cheat on academic tests, steal I just mean, I didn't find her qualifications very consistent with what I see here.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?
Maja, It's true that the picture comparison on its own was unfair, but let's understand the speaker's goal - to get us to believe that Shanghai is allowed to develop totally differently than Mumbai, which he also supported with other evidence, like Singh's quote. Let's not split hairs over an incidental story-telling technique, especially considering that pictures speaking a thousand words can really help a non-native English speaker whose talk pushed the 18 minute limit. I thought it was a good presentation. (I also appreciated the photos in your links, though, Maja)
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Posted over 2 years ago
Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
The number of interesting TED talks to mediocre ones used to be at a higher ratio; perhaps it's just that there are more of them and the field has been watered down. I wish speakers would at least browse some of the previous ones in the theme they are discussing so that they'd avoid repeating.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas
The Buddhist worldview has the stars inhabited with all us carrying out all our countless possible actions?!! Is that the same for Hinduism? (After all, Indians were among the first to give us robust ideas of both infinity and zero.) Sometimes I think certain individuals have stepped out for a stroll in the multiverse and come back, but weren't able to tell us what it was since language has its limits. Viewed that way, I'm not sure modern physics could discount this idea so long as they still entertain the possibility of the multiverse.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Julia Bacha: Pay attention to nonviolence
I'm repeating previous posts here, but this topic merits it -- Thank you Ms. Bacha, and thank you TED for inviting her! This absolutely belongs on TED; it contains both the T and the E (Technology and Edutainment). And I want to say to the Palestinian people that so many of us are watching and supporting you. By the way, "Democracy Now!" often talks about the issue and highlighted the non-violent Gaza Flotilla attempts to bring supplies to Gaza from Turkey and Greece. http://www.democracynow.org/tags/israel_and_palestine