Over at TTT headquarters, we've been geeking out over some incredibly funny, entertaining, insightful and inspiring TED Talks ranging in topics from education reform to scientific discovery. It would be bad form to keep these gems from our supporters, so here's a running list of our favorite Talks (some of which we’ve already shared). Trust us — you won't want to miss any of these.
"I think that this capacity to constantly subvert our way of thinking about the world makes parasites amazing. They're constantly inviting us to look at the natural world sideways, and to ask if the behaviors we're seeing, whether they're simple and obvious or baffling and puzzling, are not the results of individuals acting through their own accord but because they are being bent to the control of something else."
Blogger/science writer Ed Yong takes on the wonderfully zany world of parasites. (13:14)
"Largely because of that visit [to the Pantheon], I came to understand that, contrary to what I was being told in school, the worlds of art and design were not, in fact, incompatible with science and engineering. I realized, when combined, you could create things that were amazing that couldn't be done in either domain alone."
Technology designer Bran Ferren talks about how a trip to Rome sparked a lifetime pursuit of blending art and design with science. (20:12) (Bonus: He is also making this freakish monster truck for his four-year-old daughter.)
"In many patriarchal societies and tribal societies, fathers are usually known by their sons, but I'm one of the few fathers who is known by his daughter, and I am proud of it."
Education activist Ziauddin Yousafzai builds a sense of urgency around the desperate state of girls' education in developing countries. (16:36)
"I watched the first people walk on the moon and to me, it was just an obvious thing: I want to somehow turn myself into that. But the real question is, how do you deal with the danger of it and the fear that comes from it? How do you deal with fear versus danger?"
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield uses his adventures in space as an example of how we can face the fears and dangers of our everyday lives. (18:22)
"What is the intersection between technology, art and science? Curiosity and wonder, because it drives us to explore, because we're surrounded by things we can't see."
Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg brings invisible corners of the natural world to the big screen. (7:24)
And if you have more time, here are some oldies but goodies:
- Education activist/Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. cofounder Christopher Emdin talks about how and why we should teach teachers to create magic in the classroom. (6:54)
- In this awe-inspiring Talk (and most viewed TED Talk to date), educationalist Sir Ken Robinson gives some groundbreaking insight on why we should use creativity as a tool to turn education on its head — for the better. (19:24)
- And this one is just pure fun. "Mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin gives an astounding performance that melds audience interaction and mathematical delight. (15:14)
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