Just a Pile of Awesome TED Talks

This is possibly the simplest blog post I’ve ever written.  TED did all the work.  I just get to aggregate the ones I love the most and go.  Yeah internets!  If you don’t know TED, it is a conference of inspiring talks that are in the 10 to 20 minute range that will inspire you and change your life. I have learned about Quorum Sensing in bioluminescent organisms, saw the first wireless powered device, heard from a blind man who climbed Mount Everest, listened to Edward Snowden via telepresence robot, was wowed by Dr. Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability, finally finding the giant squid, etc etc etc. Go peruse the talks and inspire yourself but watching a few.

 

How Bacteria Talk

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Brené Brown On Vulnerability

I’ve had the priveledge of seeing Brené Brown speak twice now in person and I was blown away each time. Brené studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Hans Rosling and Statistics of World Poverty

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

On Going Blind in Outer Space

There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) — and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

 

I feel cheap having picked a few for you.  But I continue running into people who have never heard of TED and its just annoying.

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  1. Shelby

    I keep a running list in Excel of all the talks I’ve seen and have my favorites marked so I know which ones I loved. I too can’t believe when other intellectuals have never heard of TED talks!

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