Did you know that Robert Wright (TED2006), author of The Moral Animal and Nonzero, hosts an interview program called Meaning of Life TV on Slate? Me neither. But I wasn’t surprised to see the guest list filled with TED favorites (Dan Dennett, Freeman Dyson, Edward Wilson…), exploring the territory where physics meets philosophy: Do indidividual atoms make choices? Does the mystery of consciousness suggest some higher purpose to the universe? Note: Wright also asks Steven Pinker the burning question. Maybe Malcolm Gladwell’s next?
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Love isn’t so much an emotion, says Helen Fisher in her TED Talk. No, love is a brain system — one of three that that’s related to mating and reproduction. It’s those other two systems that explain why human beings are capable of infidelity even as we so highly value love. We see infidelity on […]
In 2013, TED published more than 250 talks, each with an idea worth spreading. And yet, certain ideas seemed to resonate throughout the year, as if speakers at different events were singing parts of the same choral symphony. As 2013 draws to a close, here is a look at some of the big ideas we […]