Marlene Zuk: What we learn from insects’ kinky sex lives

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Marlene Zuk: What we learn from insects’ kinky sex lives

May 28, 2015


Marlene Zuk delightedly, determinedly studies insects. In this enlightening, funny talk, she shares just some of the ways that they are truly astonishing -- not least for the creative ways they have sex.

Alec Soth + Stacey Baker: This is what enduring love looks like

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Alec Soth + Stacey Baker: This is what enduring love looks like

March 18, 2015


Stacey Baker has always been obsessed with how couples meet. When she asked photographer Alec Soth to help her explore this topic, they found themselves at the world’s largest speed-dating event, held in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day, and at the largest retirement community in Nevada — with Soth taking portraits of pairs in each locale. Between these two extremes, they unwound a beautiful through-line of how a couple goes from meeting to creating a life together. (This talk was part of a TED2015 session curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

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Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

June 16, 2015


What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

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Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

May 29, 2015


Strong faith is a core part of Alaa Murabit's identity -- but when she moved from Canada to Libya as a young woman, she was surprised how the tenets of Islam were used to severely limit women's rights, independence and ability to lead. She wondered: Was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she found examples of female leaders across the history of her faith — and how she speaks up for women using verses from the Koran.

Aspen Baker: A better way to talk about abortion

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Aspen Baker: A better way to talk about abortion

May 27, 2015


Abortion is extremely common. In America, for example, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, yet the strong emotions sparked by the topic -- and the highly politicized rhetoric around it -- leave little room for thoughtful, open debate. In this personal, thoughtful talk, Aspen Baker makes the case for being neither “pro-life” nor “pro-choice” but rather "pro-voice" -- and for the roles that listening and storytelling can play when it comes to discussing difficult topics.

Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge

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Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge

March 13, 2015


How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data -- from languages to dynasties -- using trees and networks of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.

Memory Banda: A warrior’s cry against child marriage

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Memory Banda: A warrior’s cry against child marriage

May 29, 2015


Memory Banda’s life took a divergent path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there — at age 11. Banda, however, refused to go. Instead, she organized others and asked her community’s leader to issue a bylaw that no girl should be forced to marry before turning 18. She pushed on to the national level … with incredible results for girls across Malawi.

Rajiv Maheswaran: The math behind basketball's wildest moves

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Rajiv Maheswaran: The math behind basketball's wildest moves

March 17, 2015


Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.

Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse 

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Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse 

May 29, 2015


With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world

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Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world

March 20, 2015


What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around.

Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road

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Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road

March 16, 2015


Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.

Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

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Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

March 25, 2015


Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world -- and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war

May 29, 2015


In 2011, the US Armed Forces still had a ban on women in combat -- but in that year, a Special Operations team of women was sent to Afghanistan to serve on the front lines, to build rapport with locals and try to help bring an end to the war. Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of this "band of sisters," an extraordinary group of women warriors who helped break a long-standing barrier to serve.

Chip Kidd: The art of first impressions -- in design and life

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Chip Kidd: The art of first impressions -- in design and life

May 12, 2015


Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly -- clarity and mystery -- and when, why and how they work. He celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.

Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

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Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

March 18, 2015


Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test. But to really understand, we have to go back further to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944. Because it was buried in time, autism has been shrouded in misunderstanding ever since. (This talk was part of a TED2015 session curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

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Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

March 24, 2015


For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick -- pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously -- and transformed the lives of millions.

Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist

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Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist

May 28, 2015


When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism -- and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.

Margaret Heffernan: Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work

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Margaret Heffernan: Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work

May 28, 2015


Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”

Ash Beckham: When to take a stand -- and when to let it go

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Ash Beckham: When to take a stand -- and when to let it go

September 27, 2014


Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says -- and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.

Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

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Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

May 28, 2015


"I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered," says poet Lee Mokobe, a TED Fellow, in this gripping and poetic exploration of identity and transition. It's a thoughtful reflection on bodies, and the meanings poured into them.

LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America

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LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America

March 23, 2015


For the last 12 years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed friends, neighbors and family in Braddock, Pennsylvania. But though the steel town has lately been hailed as a posterchild of "rustbelt revitalization," Frazier's pictures tell a different story, of the real impact of inequality and environmental toxicity. In this short, powerful talk, the TED Fellow shares a deeply personal glimpse of an often-unseen world.

Rana el Kaliouby: This app knows how you feel -- from the look on your face

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Rana el Kaliouby: This app knows how you feel -- from the look on your face

May 28, 2015


Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives -- how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions. Yet they’re absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no way of knowing how we feel. Scientist Rana el Kaliouby aims to change that. She demos a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. This “emotion engine” has big implications, she says, and could change not just how we interact with machines -- but with each other.

Sarah Jones: One woman, five characters, and a sex lesson from the future

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Sarah Jones: One woman, five characters, and a sex lesson from the future

March 19, 2015


In this performance, Sarah Jones brings you to the front row of a classroom in the future, as a teacher plugs in different personas from the year 2016 to show their varied perspectives on sex work. As she changes props, Jones embodies an elderly homemaker, a “sex work studies” major, an escort, a nun-turned-prostitute and a guy at a strip club for his bachelor party. It’s an intriguing look at a taboo topic, that flips cultural norms around sex inside out.

Donald Hoffman: Do we see reality as it is?

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Donald Hoffman: Do we see reality as it is?

March 18, 2015


Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

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Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

May 29, 2015


On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead -- and to love the students, no matter what -- is a model for leaders in all fields.

Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works

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Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works

March 19, 2015


Behind the everyday bargains we all love -- the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet -- is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.

Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is ... noticing

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Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is ... noticing

March 25, 2015


As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing -- and driving -- change.

Joey Alexander: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz

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Joey Alexander: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz

March 25, 2015


Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights the TED crowd with his very special performance of a Thelonious Monk classic.

Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

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Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

March 19, 2015


Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others -- and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others -- and surprised even him.

Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

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Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

March 10, 2015


How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.