Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

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Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate


Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

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Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video


The band OK Go dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became the YouTube sensation "This Too Shall Pass." (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

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Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers


In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

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Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online


The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

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Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror


Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

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John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI


Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

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Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix


Former "young Republican" Larry Lessig talks about what Democrats can learn about copyright from their opposite party, considered more conservative. A surprising lens on remix culture.

Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights

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Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights


This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy

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Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy


Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers


Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

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Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture


Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

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Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!


In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"

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Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"


Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they've created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.

Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil

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Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil


As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?

Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins

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Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins


Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma -- they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us.

Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian

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Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian


We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals -- but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

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William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?


William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Viktor Frankl: Why believe in others

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Viktor Frankl: Why believe in others


In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning -- and the most important gift we can give others.

Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"

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Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"


Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questions.

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

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Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover


Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. In his talk, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. (Filmed at TEDxNYED.)

Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean

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Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean


Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.

Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria?

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Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria?


Nathan Myhrvold and team's latest inventions -- as brilliant as they are bold -- remind us that the world needs wild creativity to tackle big problems like malaria. And just as that idea sinks in, he rolls out a live demo of a new, mosquito-zapping gizmo you have to see to believe.

Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

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Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks


We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.

Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention

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Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention


Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world's unsung inventors -- indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people's lives. He shows how the Honey Bee Network helps them build the connections they need -- and gain the recognition they deserve.

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

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Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean


In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case.

Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

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Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"


To write his first studio album in decades, "A Map of the Floating City," Thomas Dolby has been working in the inspirational setting of a restored lifeboat. At TED2010 he premieres a gorgeous, evocative song from that album -- about one night with a legend. He's backed by members of the modern string quartet Ethel.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action


Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty

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Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty


Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized trials.

Sebastian Wernicke: Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)

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Sebastian Wernicke: Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)


In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings. How do you rate it? "Jaw-dropping"? "Unconvincing"? Or just plain "Funny"?

George Whitesides: Toward a science of simplicity

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George Whitesides: Toward a science of simplicity


Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer.