Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

TED2002

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

February 2, 2002


Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

TED2005

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

February 2, 2005


In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

February 2, 2003


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

February 2, 2003


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Rives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

TED2006

Rives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

February 2, 2006


Rives recaps the most memorable moments of TED2006 in the free-spirited rhyming verse of a fantastical mockingbird lullaby.

Jeff Bezos: The electricity metaphor for the web's future

TED2003

Jeff Bezos: The electricity metaphor for the web's future

February 2, 2003


The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it’s more like the early days of the electric industry.

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

TED2005

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

February 2, 2005


Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

February 2, 2003


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

TED2003

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

February 27, 2003


Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

February 2, 2005


Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Jill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

TED2006

Jill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

February 26, 2006


A happy song about global warming, from Jill Sobule.

Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange

TEDGlobal 2005

Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange

July 7, 2005


Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

TED2004

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

February 2, 2004


Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

TED2006

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

February 2, 2006


Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

TED2006

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

February 2, 2006


Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

TEDGlobal 2005

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

July 15, 2005


Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

TED2006

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

February 22, 2006


You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa's own solutions

TEDGlobal 2005

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa's own solutions

July 1, 2005


Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.

Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab

TED2006

Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab

February 2, 2006


MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.

Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?

TED2005

Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?

February 24, 2005


Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

TED2004

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

February 24, 2004


Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

TED2006

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

February 24, 2006


Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries knock on her door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.

Bill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

TED2007

Bill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

March 8, 2007


Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

TED2007

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

March 8, 2007


Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

TED2007

E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

March 8, 2007


As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

TED2007

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

March 9, 2007


Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

TEDSalon 2006

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

December 14, 2006


Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).

Juan Enriquez: The life code that will reshape the future

TED2003

Juan Enriquez: The life code that will reshape the future

February 2, 2003


Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

TEDGlobal 2005

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

July 13, 2005


Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.

Al Seckel: Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

TED2004

Al Seckel: Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

February 26, 2004


Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.