TED Talks2

Manchester with Bob Jones & Jim Isaak -- May 9-30 1-3  this page is pointed to by https://is.gd/TEDTalks2
(cause we enjoy watching them, thinking about them, and discussing them with you as well!)
(* indicates talks we already watched)
Jim's Choices for Spring 2019 *indicates ones we watched

TED-ED example: The Secret life of Plankton - 6 min
RSA style presentation: Dan Pink Motivation Theory
**Kaki King – on Guitar  ok, so I actually prefer this TEDxBoulder example from Trace Bundy

Bob's Lists and pointers:

The 25 most popular talks of all time  https://www.ted.com/playlists/171/the_most_popular_talks_of_all


https://www.ted.com/playlists  A collections of topical playlists (including the one above).

Jaw Dropping Scientific Breakthroughs  https://www.ted.com/playlists/484/jaw_dropping_science_breakthro

Some picks of classic talks:

Sep 2, 2014     length 17:21

Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.

Jan 16, 2007    length 20:22

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

September 2006  length 20:13

This is Broken -- Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

February 2008                     length 23:07

The Psychology of Evil -- Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

June 2010              length 20:11

The Power of Vulnerability -- Brené Brown 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

Apr 23, 2008   length 19:06

In clear, nontechnical language, string theorist Brian Greene explains how our understanding of the universe has evolved from Einstein's notions of gravity and space-time to superstring theory, where minuscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe. (This mind-bending theory may soon be put to the test at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva).

November 2011 Victoria, Canada TedX length 17:33

The True Cost of Oil -- What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

February 2012     length 3:49

Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

March 2015     length  17:15

Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive. -- Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we'll make Mars our next home. 

TEDGlobal>London | September 2015          length 15:54

How CRISPR Lets Us Edit Our DNA  --  Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases ... but could also be used to create so-called "designer babies." Doudna reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works -- and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.

Last year: some picks

Sep 15, 2018     length 4:46

What does the love song of a mosquito sound like? Find out as neuroscientist Greg Gage and his colleagues explore the meaning of all that annoying buzzing in your ear.


April 2018      length  5:42

Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we're a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process -- and not the end of the line.

April 2018            length 18:32

In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. But progress isn't inevitable, 

April 2018            length 16:38

Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for millions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn't discovered until the mid-1980s -- but its ancient genetic code may hold clues to how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Recent (2019)

https://www.ted.com/talks   List of the most recent talks. Various lengths 

TEDxMileHigh | June 2018               length 11:43

The Surprising Connection Between Brain Injuries and Crime -- Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into the connection between brain trauma and the behaviors that keep people in the revolving door of criminal justice -- and some ways to make the system more effective and safer for everyone.