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 […]
The extraordinary and eloquent Andrew Solomon closes TED2014 with a talk that brought the theater to its feet. Popular wisdom, begins Solomon, is that we find meaning, that it is an external truth to seek. But after a lifetime as a student of adversity, he has found that meaning, in fact, is forged. Solomon recalls […]