Roger Ebert Talks Movingly About Losing and Re-Finding His Voice (TED 2011)

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Film critic Roger Ebert, like Pauline Kael before him, leaves behind a great torrent of words. Those of us accustomed to seeking out his opinion can comfort ourselves on the Internet, where his thoughts on the great (and not-so-great) films of the last four decades live in perpetuity.


Big History: David Christian Covers 13.7 Billion Years of History in 18 Minutes

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Perhaps you noticed? During the past two years, the TED brand has morphed into something new. Once known for staging a couple of high-priced annual conferences, TED has recently launched a series of new products: TEDx conferences for the masses, TED Books, TED Radio, TED ED and Ads Worth Spreading.


Are You Ready for the Return of Lost Species?: Stewart Brand on the Dawn of De-Extinction

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The Earth is losing life forms at a disturbing rate. The biologist Edward O. Wilson has estimated that at least 27,000 species per year are disappearing from our planet. That’s an average of 74 species a day, or three every hour.


Alain de Botton Proposes a Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

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For better or worse, Alain de Botton is the face of pop philosophy.


15,000 Balloons Promote TEDxAmsterdam (Watch It Live on November 30)

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So what is human nature? Who are we, how do we think, feel and act? What are our limitations, and how can we overcome them? What do we share, how we are different, how we can be fooled and how lucky are we to be alive?
Those are the questions at the heart of the 2012 edition of TEDxAmsterdam, and you can watch it live online, in HD, starting tomo


Adam Savage (Host of MythBusters) Explains How Simple Ideas Become Great Scientific Discoveries

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A good TED talk is like a commercial for a great idea. There might not be much meat to sink into, but like any good ad agency, TED has its own unique formula for making even the most esoteric subject grabby.


One Trillion Frames Per Second: The Science of Capturing Light in Motion

≡ Category: Photography, Technology, TED Talks |3 Comments

Ramesh Raskar joined the MIT Media Lab in 2008, where he heads up the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. For some time, the researcher has drawn inspiration from another MIT professor, Harold Edgerton, a pioneer of stop-action photography, who famously photographed a bullet moving through an apple in 1964.


Dan Philips Presents Sustainable Housing with Wildly Creative Designs

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“Unique” is an overused word, so much so that it appears in overqualified redundancies like “completely” or “very unique.” But, what the hell, I’m going to go ahead and call Dan Philips very unique.


Jason Silva Preaches the Gospel of “Radical Openness” in Espresso-Fueled Video (at TEDGlobal 2012)

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The TEDGlobal 2012 conference kicked off this week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with “Radical Openness” being its main theme. How do we learn from one another and relate to one another in an interconnected world? And how do ideas spread, as TED would say, in our global community? Those are the basic questions at hand.


The Idea TED Didn’t Consider Worth Spreading: The Rich Aren’t Really Job Creators

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Late last week, The National Journal published a story called The Inequality Speech That TED Won’t Show You, along with a related story explaining the controversy, which boils down to this:
TED organizers invited a multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist named Nick Hanauer – the first nonfamily investor in Amazon.


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