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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Ted Talks Reply with quote

I love Ted Talks. I've decided to start a thread to link the ones I (or anyone) like as they come up.


One of my absolute favorites is by Jill Bolte Taylor. She is a neuroscientist that had a massive stroke. She tells of the experience of being present in the moment when half her brain died or at least ceases to work.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/171/the_most_popular_talks_of_all
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My problem with Ted Talks is that they take 15 or 20 minutes apiece to watch. But lots of people like 'em, so carry on. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My problem with Ted Talks is that they take 15 or 20 minutes apiece to watch. But lots of people like 'em, so carry on. Very Happy
I don't know - to me that is just the right amount of time. Some things can't be said in 2 minutes. And I have done the heavy work, found the really good ones (IMO) worth the 20 minutes.

Some I have found that I loved were only 1 or 2 minutes.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know me and TV watching. Wink Either I commit to a 2-hour chunk of knitting-and-movie-watching time or it needs to be less than 3 minutes long.

But like I said, that's just me. And we've already established that I'm weird. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know it as Ted Talks, but I remember hearing the stroke story on NPR at some point (maybe that was the name of the program?). It reminded me of this time I was laying with my head downwards on an incline while camping and started to feel very funny in my head. It was actually a pleasant feeling, but after about 5 minutes I reversed my position because I was worried I might be messing myself up somehow.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holsety wrote:
I don't know it as Ted Talks, but I remember hearing the stroke story on NPR at some point


A significant portion of Ted Talks people and/or topics end up on NPR as well [and the reverse].

I like them...quite a lot of them have sent me rushing madly around the web chasing links and info and education.

Not all of them are great, or even good...but they have a damn high average compared to other sources/aggregations.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vraith wrote:
Holsety wrote:
I don't know it as Ted Talks, but I remember hearing the stroke story on NPR at some point


A significant portion of Ted Talks people and/or topics end up on NPR as well [and the reverse].

I like them...quite a lot of them have sent me rushing madly around the web chasing links and info and education.

Not all of them are great, or even good...but they have a damn high average compared to other sources/aggregations.
How about putting up some of your favs?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this one is pretty amazing and heartbreaking. worth the nine minutes....ali.

Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring.

http://www.ted.com/talks/zak_ebrahim_i_am_the_son_of_a_terrorist_here_s_how_i_chose_peace
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of my favourites, even if it does bolster the liberal capitalist position! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is hysterical

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one

http://www.ted.com/talks/maysoon_zayid_i_got_99_problems_palsy_is_just_one


I wish I knew if I was wasting my time with these and the This I Believe thread. Sometimes I just feel silly posting to the void.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(shrug) People will take what they need and leave the rest.

I'm doing a similar thing in the Writer's Circle -- posting quotes about writing that I see on Facebook. Dunno if people like 'em or not -- most don't get a comment -- but *I* like 'em, and that's a good enough reason for me to keep doing it. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aliantha wrote:
(shrug) People will take what they need and leave the rest.

I'm doing a similar thing in the Writer's Circle -- posting quotes about writing that I see on Facebook. Dunno if people like 'em or not -- most don't get a comment -- but *I* like 'em, and that's a good enough reason for me to keep doing it. Smile
of course, you are absolutely right....as usual Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't watched Ted Talks in a while. The Onion has a couple of great spoofs of them, but this is a good talk:

Game designer Jane McGonigal on the game that can give you 10 extra years of life.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one, for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Menolly wrote:
This one, for me.

Eric Whitacre 2011
THAT is pretty damn amazing!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Museum of 4 O'Clock in the Morning. One that a friend pointed out to me this morning
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Menolly wrote:
This one, for me.

Eric Whitacre 2011

Absolutely beautiful, especially the first song. Thrilling!

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The Virtual Choirs are ongoing. The most recent Virtual Choir upload, Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise was posted in 2013. Maestro Whitacre went pop with this one.

After Fly to Paradise, the Virtual Youth Choir debuted at this year's Glascow Commonwealth Games in July.

If anyone is interested in Virtual Choir 5, follow the Virtual Choir 5 Community. Details will be posted there, as well as on the Virtual Choir's Facebook page.
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