Whether you're staying put or going away, summer is a great time to relax and to try new things. So we asked TED speakers to recommend podcasts, books, TV shows, movies and more that have nourished their minds, spirits and bodies (yes, you'll find a link to a recipe for olive-cheese loaf below) in recent times.
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If you’ve ever seen grainy old sports footage—for example, a boxing match from the late 1800s, a Princeton/Yale game from 1903, or Babe Ruth’s famous home run from 1932—you probably noticed how different the game looks compared to its modern counterpart. The equipment looks clunky, the uniforms impossibly baggy. Even the bodies of the players lo...
About this event: It is about people who chose to take a path different than usual. It is about their journeys and stories that emerged enroute.
Chief Learning Officer for the Wipro group. A man of many interests, Abhijit has illustrated several books and is an accomplished cartoonist. He loves theatre and has acted in plays staged...
Event details: National Capital Region, India · September 1, 2012
Need a dose of literary oomph and inspiration? Here's a selection of uplifting reads -- all suggested by TED speakers -- for your enjoyment.
When you crave entertainment but don't want to dumb down
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This touching novel reminds us that everyone has a story; that we should aim to understand, not to judge; and ...
About this event: Tedx Bradford on Avon is an indepedently organised event that brings together an inspiring range of speakers to act as catalysts for participants to explore creativity in its widest sense. Bradford on Avon and surrounding areas are rich in creative people and part of the aim of the event is to bring this community of people together , to address...
Event details: Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom · November 4, 2012
A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia by Sandra Allen
In college, Allen’s uncle sent her his autobiography in the mail -- the story of a man suffering from schizophrenia. The autobiography was written in all capital letters on a typewriter, and Allen’s vicarious memoir, which places her uncle’s story in context, is wri...
There are three major rules that we want our robots to follow: do not harm a human, obey us, and protect us. The prerequisite for these rules? We need to make robots smarter. Ayanna Howard explains how robots can become smarter (hint: it is related to how smart we humans are).
About this event: The TEDx University of Hertfordshire event will will take place on the 10th of April at the Weston Auditorium in Hatfield. Produced from pre-to-post by a professional production crew, the theme of our TEDx?
Purple Parachute: Surviving as a graduate in this complex world. Why, other than the pertinance of the question in this profound period of...
Event details: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom · April 9, 2018
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.
With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing -- solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos' key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?
In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?
If you listen to visual artist Jess Thom speak, you'll notice she says the words "hedgehog" and "biscuit" -- a lot. Thom has Tourette's syndrome, but she doesn't let that stop her from finding humor in her condition and educating people about the disorder. In this funny talk, Thom busts common misconceptions about Tourette's and shows how she's ...
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?
Whether your weeks ahead contain travel, vacations or just longer and lazier days than usual, our list of recommendations from TED speakers has books for all moods, activities and tastes.
When you want to understand why we humans do what we do
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (TED Talk: Our buggy...
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Thank you for joining our engaging discussion on VS Ramachandran’s The neurons that shaped civilization. As a follow up to our conversation about the brain and cognitive function, we've put together a list of resources for further exploration.
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Event details: Dallas, United States · February 8, 2011
What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.
At the intersection of medical invention and indigenous culture, pediatric cardiologist Franz Freudenthal mends holes in the hearts of children across the world, using a device born from traditional Bolivian loom weaving. "The most complex problems in our time," he says, "can be solved with simple techniques, if we are able to dream."
Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.
Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the "great monotony" -- the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years -- and shows how humanity's capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be the thing that bucks this trend. "Humans are not playthings of cosmic forces," he says. "We ...
In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.
A third of the world watched live as the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001; a third more heard about it within 24 hours. (Do you remember where you were?) So exhibits at the soon-to-open 9/11 Memorial Museum will reflect the diversity of the world's experiences of that day. In a moving talk, designer Jake Barton gives a peek at ...
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Here's a huge list of TED speaker-recommended books, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect. No matter your mood, preference or occasion, we’ve got you covered.
When you’re lying in the sun
Any book by Isaac Asimov
I have stacks of collections of science-fiction short stories. I grab these before getting on a long f...
With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that's wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the backbone of science — and shows that theorems, not diamonds, are forever. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
For centuries, we believed the Earth was flat, that the sun rotated around the Earth. These were absolute truths, until ... they weren't. Which of our accepted truths will fall apart in the years ahead? Financier-turned-philosopher Yannick Roudaut believes we're on the cusp of another historical reckoning -- and another renaissance.