Benjamin Bratton Explains “What’s Wrong with TED Talks?” and Why They’re a “Recipe for Civilizational Disaster”

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TED Talks — they give your “discovery-seeking brain a little hit of dopamine;” make you “feel part of a curious, engaged, enlightened, and tech-savvy tribe;” almost giving you the sensation that you’re attending a “new Harvard.” That was the hype around TED Talks a few years ago.

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The “Pursuit of Ignorance” Drives All Science: Watch Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein’s Engaging New TED Talk

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Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, the chair of Columbia University’s Biological Sciences department, rejects  any metaphor that likens the goal of science to completing a puzzle, peeling an onion, or peeking beneath the surface to view an iceberg in its entirety.

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Enter E.O. Wilson’s Encyclopedia of Life: Free Access to All The World’s Knowledge About Life

≡ Category: Education, Environment, Science, TED Talks |3 Comments

One of the treasures of our time, biologist E.O. Wilson, the folksy and brilliant author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books and the world’s leading authority on ants, is 84 years old and retired from his professorship at Harvard.

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John Searle Makes A Forceful Case for Studying Consciousness, Where Everything Else Begins

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Consciousness is the single most important aspect of our lives, says philosopher John Searle. Why? “It’s a necessary condition on anything being important in our lives,” he says. “If you care about science, philosophy, music, art — whatever — it’s no good if you are a zombie or in a coma.

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Ken Robinson Explains How to Escape the Death Valley of American Education

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Right now, you can find 1,520 TED Talks compiled into a neat online spreadsheet. That’s a lot of TED Talks. And the most popular one (in case you’re wondering) was delivered by Sir Ken Robinson in 2006.

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How Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive Will Preserve the Infinite Information on the Web

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Brewster Kahle is an unassuming man. But as an internet pioneer and digital librarian, he may rightly be called a founding father of the Open Culture ethos. In 1996, Kahle began work on the Internet Archive, a tremendously important project that acts as a safety net for the memory hole problem of Internet publishing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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