TED2011 report — Session 1: Monumental

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It’s time for TED! Photo: TED / Robert Leslie

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Astronaut Cady Coleman talks to the audience newly assembled in Long Beach, Palm Springs and all over the world, from her home in zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Watch her talk.

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Then Gregory Groover Jr., from TED2011’s house band, the Berklee City Music All-Stars, played us on.

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Physicist Janna Levin: “I want to convince you that the universe has a soundtrack, and that soundtrack is played on space itself.” (Listen to the soundtrack of the universe.)

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Chris Anderson talks to Sarah Marquis, who’s walking from Siberia to Antarctica, alone. She told him: “I don’t want people to get into nature. I want to get nature back into our lives.”

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David Brooks: “Over the past few years, we’ve been given a deeper view of human nature, of who we are. Not from theology, but from brain science.” (Read HuffPo’s report on this talk.)

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Composer and conductor Eric Whitaker describes his first time hearing Mozart: “My entire life I had seen in black and white, and suddenly everything was in shocking technicolor.”

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Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, spoke to this extraordinary moment in the Arab world. He said: “The democratic revolution sweeping the Arab world is the best chance to see peace. Let us embrace it.”

Photos: TED / James Duncan Davidson, except photo 1: TED / Robert Leslie.