Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

TEDGlobal 2011

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0


What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

TEDGlobal 2011

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary


After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.

Morley: "Women of Hope"

TEDxWomen 2011

Morley: "Women of Hope"


Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

TEDxSydney

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology


We have no ways to directly observe molecules and what they do -- Drew Berry wants to change that. In this talk, he shows his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

TEDxRC2

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue


In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when values diverge, in an attempt to build greater security for all. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories


Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

TEDxBrussels

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift


Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

TEDxWomen 2011

Jane Fonda: Life's third act


Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. In this talk, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me


For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

TEDxDirigo

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot


A vegetable garden can do more than save you money -- it can save the world. In this talk, Roger Doiron shows how gardens can re-localize our food and feed our growing population.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing


When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

TED2011

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy


Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

TEDGlobal 2011

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!


Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

TEDMED 2011

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery


Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2011

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan


Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan -- of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

TEDxVienna

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

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What could you do with the world’s smallest 3D printer? Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny, affordable printer that could someday make customized hearing aids -- or sculptures smaller than a human hair. (Filmed at TEDxVienna.)

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

TEDSalon NY2011

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand


What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

TEDMED 2011

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts


Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.