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Reads tagged with “TED”

What Does It Mean to Be Human?
What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Primates, philosophers, and how subjectivity ensures the absolute truth of our existence.

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7 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers
7 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers

Design imperialism, what gender equality has to do with military spending, and where 185 pig parts go.

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This Is Your Brain on Love
This Is Your Brain on Love

Why love is not an emotion and how obsessive thinking begets romantic joy.

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Cartograms: Making a Point with Distorted Maps
Cartograms: Making a Point with Distorted Maps

Why space is relative and how popular media are making entire continents disappear.

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Srikumar Rao on Hard-Wiring Happiness
Srikumar Rao on Hard-Wiring Happiness

Why success and failure are exactly the same, or how process supersedes perfection.

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Everyone’s Favorite Guessing Game: 7 Must-See <em>What’s My Line</em> Episodes
Everyone’s Favorite Guessing Game: 7 Must-See What’s My Line Episodes

What girdles have to do with civic activism.

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Dreaming of Lucid Living: Enchanted Entertainment
Dreaming of Lucid Living: Enchanted Entertainment

Touching pixels, or how digital animation and analog performance converge into magic.

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Earth Day the TED Way
Earth Day the TED Way

Oceans, omnivores, and what babies have to do with design manifestos.

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Leave Your Sleep: Natalie Merchant Sets Victorian Children’s Poetry to Song
Leave Your Sleep: Natalie Merchant Sets Victorian Children’s Poetry to Song

Musty libraries, otherworldly storytelling, and how dead poets wrote the year’s most moving album.

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Highlights from TED 2010: Day Two
Highlights from TED 2010: Day Two

Suspended animation, augmented reality, and what sheep’s knuckles have to do with the future of cultural problem-solving.

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