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TED Talk: Evelyn Glennie – How to truly listen

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Such an interesting talk.

In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

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TED Talk: Maysoon Zayid – I got 99 problems… palsy is just one

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“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this funny talk. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

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TED Talk: Ash Beckham – Coming out of your closet

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Ash discusses the current state of homophobia in our culture challenging even the word “homophobia” itself. There is no fear, just loathing. Hating things we don’t understand, people we don’t know or anything that is different than our day to day. “Homophobic” people are not scared of anything. We all have a responsibility to live our lives as active activists not passive ones when it comes to protecting our fellow humans from hate of any kind.

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TED Ed: Aatish Bhatia – The physics of sperm vs. the physics of sperm whales

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Traveling is extremely arduous for microscopic sperm – think of a human trying to swim in a pool made of… other humans. We can compare the journey of a sperm to that of a sperm whale by calculating the Reynolds number, a prediction of how fluid will behave, often fluctuating due to size of the swimmer. Aatish Bhatia explores the great (albeit tiny) sperm’s journey.

Lesson by Aatish Bhatia
Animation by Brad Purnell

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TED Talk: Russell Foster – Why do we sleep?

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Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages – and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

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TED Talk: Eleanor Longden – The voices in my head

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To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

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TED Talk: Frans de Waal – Moral behavior in animals

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Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity – caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.

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TED Talk: Margaret Heffernan – The dangers of “willful blindness”

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Gayla Benefield was just doing her job – until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.

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TED Talk: Kees Moeliker – How a dead duck changed my life

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This is not only a great talk. It’s also very humorous!
One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life.

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TED Talk: Aimee Mullins – The opportunity of adversity

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The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she hows how adversity – in her case, being born without shinbones – actually opens the door for human potential.

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TED Talk: Andrew Solomon – Love, no matter what

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What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way, like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents – asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?

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First Taste

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First Taste captures the reactions of different children in slow motion as they each taste various foods for the first time. The video was created by Saatchi & Saatchi and Heckler for TEDxSydney 2013.

 

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TED Talk: David Pogue – 10 top time-saving tech tips

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Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already – but there’s probably at least one you don’t.

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TED Talk: Chen Lizra – The Power of Seduction in Our Everyday Lives

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With nearly a decade of experience in the animation industry, working on projects for MTV, TVA, Alliance Atlantis, Mainframe Entertainment and Radical Entertainment, Chen Lizra’s intellect, imagination and creative thinking evolved her into a branding expert.

In 2009 and 2012 Chen was nominated as one of the “YWCA Women of Distinction in Vancouver,” and was recently honored by the Australian government with a Distinguished Talent Permanent Visa for her international achievements in the arts. As the international author of “My Seductive Cuba, a unique travel guide”, Chen has won two awards in the US, including the prestigious IPPY Book Award. With a passion for dance and creative movement, Lizra offers students seduction workshops and focused lectures and seminars about the art of seduction in our everyday lives.

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TED Talk: Elaine Lui – The Sociology of Gossip

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Such a cool talk!

Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. The ETALK Reporter and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public. The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way. What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with active followers from around the world. More than one million people now read LaineyGossip.com every month, making it a leading international celebrity news source. Elaine’s years of experience in the media, celebrity entertainment and blogging space have helped her shape a fascinating TED talk about gossip and it’s critical place within modern pop culture.

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