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How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology th...
At Stanford University, primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a fascinating and funny look at human behaviors which the rest of the animal kingdom would consider bizarre.
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
With the same humor and humanity he exuded in "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter brand name for global warming.
The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets -- so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has an explanation: we're alone in the universe. In a mind-expanding talk, he spells out the remarkable barriers a planet would need to clear in order to host an extraterrestrial civilization -- and make...
Robert Sapolsky is one of the leading neuroscientists in the world, studying stress in primates (including humans).
Neuroscientist, primatologist, writer
New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.
Modern turtle shells are almost as diverse as the turtles themselves. Sea turtles have flatter, lighter shells for gliding through the water. Land-dwelling tortoises have domed shells that can slip free of predators' jaws. Leatherback turtles have shells without the ring of bone around the edge. So how did the shell evolve? Judy Cebra-Thomas exp...
Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.
When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he ...
In today’s bold TED Talk, model Cameron Russell -- who has walked runways for Victoria’s Secret and Chanel -- mulls over what it means to be beautiful. To her, being beautiful is a matter of chance; she happened to be one of the people in the world born with a set of physical traits -- height, femininity, white skin, shiny hair -- that our cultu...
Posted January 16, 2013
Communication in 2013 looks so different from what it ever has before. Will technology be the ruin of all that is good and true in language? We don't think so. The speakers in this session explore how the future will bring even greater shifts in how we communicate -- and it may well be for the better. Here, the speakers who appeared in this s...
Posted February 28, 2013
It’s Halloween — and the only thing scarier than Ebola this week is Ebola paranoia. Should you panic in bowling alleys? How justified is your fear of hospitals? Are mandatory quarantines even legal in the U.S., anyway? 3 ideas behind the news. Source: "Thomas Eric Duncan and Craig Spencer: Race, nationality and rhetoric of Ebola patients," Slat...
Posted October 31, 2014
Fabien Cousteau spent 31 days underwater to research how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans.
Ocean explorer and environmentalist
Carolyn Freiwald studies bones and teeth to understand what life was like in the past -- from questions as big as human migration patterns to what people had for dinner.
TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada aims to harness the forces of nature as he invents innovative remedies for man-made problems like oil spills and radioactive leaks.
Inventor, environmentalist, educator
TED Fellow Mei Lin Neo is helping giant clams step out of their shells and show the world that they can be the heroes of the oceans, too.
A consultant to the CIA and the Department of Defense, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has built an intricate computer model that can predict the outcomes of international conflicts with bewildering accuracy.
Equally talented on cello and vocals, Caroline Lavelle has created a performance style all her own. Her expansive talents, channeling the best of both classical and contemporary influences, have earned her comparisons to both Kate Bush and Jacqueline du Pré.
Radio host Adam Spencer fills Sydney's drive-time mornings with smart math and science talk.
Maya Penn makes eco-friendly clothes and accessories, which she sells on a site she built -- and gives away a percent of the profits.
Entrepreneur, animator, philanthropist ...
Growing old in traditional societies Jared Diamond is the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was a provocative answer to the question of why Europe dominated the world for much of recent history. More recently, he has written The World Before Yesterday, an investigation of traditional societies, and what the modern world might le...
Posted March 1, 2013
Dan Dennett thinks that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes.
Philosopher, cognitive scientist
With Freeman Dyson's astonishing forecasts for the future, it was hard to tell where science ended and science fiction began. But far from being a wild-eyed visionary, Dyson was a clear and sober thinker -- and one not afraid of controversy or heresy.
Eric Dishman is used to thinking about how technology can transform the world of health care. As an Intel Fellow and general manager of the company’s Health Strategy & Solutions Group, his job is all about finding innovative new approaches to healthcare. And he’s no stranger to talking about them. At TEDMED 2009, in the talk featured to...
Posted April 11, 2013
Arianna Huffington's small idea to help you unlock your big ideas: Sleep more. "I learned the hard way the value of sleep," said Arianna Huffington at TEDWomen in 2010. "Two and a half years ago, I fainted from exhaustion, and I hit my head on my desk." (Watch: Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep.) Since then, the media mogul has...
Posted September 29, 2014
Miwa Matreyek creates performances where real shapes and virtual images trade places, amid layers of animation, video and live bodies.
These works are part of a larger global art initiative that spans 10 cities on 3 continents, all launching on 10.10.2020 as part of Countdown. Go here on 10.10 to see all of the works revealed. Our climate is in a state of crisis. But at a time when attention is being pulled in every direction by phone alerts, social media posts, emails ...
Posted October 7, 2020