Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

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Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals


The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar: What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

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Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar: What happens in your brain when you pay attention?


Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate. Hear more about this exciting science in this brief, fascinating talk.

Justin Davidson: Why shiny glass towers are bad for city life

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Justin Davidson: Why shiny glass towers are bad for city life


There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city's anatomy as Davidson explains how the exteriors of building shape the urban experience -- and what we lose when architects stop using the full range of available materials.

Michael Patrick Lynch: How to see past your own perspective and find truth

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Michael Patrick Lynch: How to see past your own perspective and find truth


The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything.

Rhiannon Giddens: 3 songs that bring history to life

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Rhiannon Giddens: 3 songs that bring history to life


Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs two traditional folk ballads, "Waterboy" and "Up Above My Head," and one glorious original song, "Come Love Come," inspired by Civil War-era slave narratives.

Marlon Peterson: Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform

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Marlon Peterson: Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform


For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn. In this brave talk, he reminds us why we should invest in the humanity of those people society would like to disregard and discard.

Nina Fedoroff: A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases

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Nina Fedoroff: A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases


Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika's origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus -- and other deadly diseases -- by preventing infected mosquitos from multiplying.

OK Go: How to find a wonderful idea

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OK Go: How to find a wonderful idea


Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash takes us inside the band's creative process, showing us how to look for wonder and surprise.

Anthony D. Romero: This is what democracy looks like

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Anthony D. Romero: This is what democracy looks like


In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place -- a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti. What could a 700-year-old painting possibly teach us about life today? Turns out, a lot. Romero explains all in a talk that's as striking as the painting itself.

Sofi Tukker: "Awoo"

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Sofi Tukker: "Awoo"


Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme.

Raj Panjabi: No one should die because they live too far from a doctor

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Raj Panjabi: No one should die because they live too far from a doctor


Illness is universal -- but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison: Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care

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T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison: Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care


"When black women walk, things change," say T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, the founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek. They're on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million black women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.

Garry Kasparov: Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them

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Garry Kasparov: Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them


We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality.

Sitawa Wafula: Why I speak up about living with epilepsy

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Sitawa Wafula: Why I speak up about living with epilepsy


Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the condition.

Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash

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Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash


"Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win

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Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win


Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. Learn more about how this carbon dividends plan could trigger an international domino effect towards a climate solution.

Wendy Troxel: Why school should start later for teens

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Wendy Troxel: Why school should start later for teens


Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early school start times deprive adolescents of sleep during the time of their lives when they need it most.

Triona McGrath: How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry

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Triona McGrath: How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry


As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer's world. Learn more about how the "evil twin of climate change" is impacting the ocean -- and the life that depends on it.

Stuart Russell: 3 principles for creating safer AI

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Stuart Russell: 3 principles for creating safer AI


How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty. Hear his vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other human values.

Shah Rukh Khan: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love

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Shah Rukh Khan: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love


"I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.

Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

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Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves


How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.

Lucy Kalanithi: What makes life worth living in the face of death

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Lucy Kalanithi: What makes life worth living in the face of death


In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and dying, love and loss -- is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. "Being human doesn't happen despite suffering -- it happens within it."

Jorge Drexler: Poetry, music and identity

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Jorge Drexler: Poetry, music and identity


One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge Drexler the chorus to a song and challenged him to write the rest of it using a complex, poetic form known as the "Décima." In this fascinating talk, Drexler examines the blended nature of identity, weaving together the history of the Décima with his own quest to write one. He closes the talk with a performance of the resulting song, "La Milonga del Moro Judío." (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Kate Stafford: How human noise affects ocean habitats

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Kate Stafford: How human noise affects ocean habitats


Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances -- and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don't understand. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to protect it.

Karim Abouelnaga: A summer school kids actually want to attend

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Karim Abouelnaga: A summer school kids actually want to attend


In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This "summer slump" affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how he's helping kids improve their chances for a brighter future.

Elon Musk: The future we're building -- and boring

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Elon Musk: The future we're building -- and boring


Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy

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Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy


Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.

Lisa Genova: What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's

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Lisa Genova: What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's


Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.

Serena Williams and Gayle King: On tennis, love and motherhood

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Serena Williams and Gayle King: On tennis, love and motherhood


Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregnancy news with the world.

Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial

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Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial


"There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies," says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers -- and their deliberate distortion of history. Lipstadt encourages us all to go on the offensive against those who assault the truth and facts. "Truth is not relative," she says.