Interesting TED Talks

With the holidays upon us I have been too busy to write, so I thought I would post some interesting TED Talks1 for you to listen to in case you get a little bored over the holiday.



Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

“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.”



Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

“”Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.”


Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

“At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.”





1 TED Talks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx events and partners — anywhere the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. The TED Talks series is widely credited with creating a new category in online media, and we continue to innovate at every step.
TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the TED Conference with the world. Under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online beginning in June 2006. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions — in a reaction so enthusiastic that the entire TED website was reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices.
At the end of 2006, TED Talks had been watched 2 million times; by the end of 2009, that number jumped to 200 million, establishing TED as an important platform. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed one billion times.


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