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The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness
The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

“To make progress, we need to be able to imagine alternative realities, and not just any old reality but a better one.”

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How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED
How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED

From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, or how copyright law came to hinder the very thing it set out to protect.

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Cheating the Impossible: Wire-Walker Philippe Petit on Education, Creativity, and Patience
Cheating the Impossible: Wire-Walker Philippe Petit on Education, Creativity, and Patience

The art of self-correction and the value of tenacity in a world obsessed with instant results.

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The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn
The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn

Inside the complex tangle of biology and behavior that shapes our relationship with and experience of sex.

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How Big Is Infinity? An Animated Explanation from TED
How Big Is Infinity? An Animated Explanation from TED

On the whimsy and limitations of mathematics.

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E.O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists
E.O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists

“What is crucial is not that technical ability, but it is imagination in all of its applications.”

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