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Brian Greene

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Associate managing editor, TED.com

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Philosophy, baseball, the Moon

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Can we heal the fractured political conversation? A talk with Gretchen Carlson and David Brooks

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Can we heal the fractured political conversation? A talk with Gretchen Carlson and David Brooks

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In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson at TED HQ in New York on Wednesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks and journalist Gretchen Carlson discussed how and why America has become so polarized — and where we can find common ground. Set between lively renditions of “America the Beautiful” and “Go Down Moses” performed []

Thinking differently about the election at TEDNYC: The Election Edition

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Thinking differently about the election at TEDNYC: The Election Edition

The conversation around the upcoming US presidential election is full of frenzy, headache and noise. But elections are about more than divisiveness and disagreement — they’re civic events worthy of celebration, and, while it may seem unbelievable at the moment, they hold the promise of transforming governments for the better. At TEDNYC: The Election Edition, six speakers who think about []

Impossible isn’t a fact; it’s an attitude: Christiana Figueres at TED2016

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Impossible isn’t a fact; it’s an attitude: Christiana Figueres at TED2016

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In 2009, six months after a spectacularly failed climate change summit in Copenhagen, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres was appointed executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her job: Leading the next round of international climate change negotiations. At that time, no one believed that we could ever get a global climate change agreement. “In fact,” Figueres says, []

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

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Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

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Exploring space generates tons of data — so much data that most of it is studied using algorithms, not human eyes. But algorithms are not very good at being creative. What happens when we let humans look at data? Sometimes, even amateurs find things that are surprising, remarkable and weird. Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian came to TED2016 with a story about one of those weird things. The story []

The intersection of health and haircuts: Joseph Ravenell at TED2016

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The intersection of health and haircuts: Joseph Ravenell at TED2016

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The barbershop is a safe haven for black men, a place where they don’t have to worry about how they’re perceived by the outside world, says physician and men’s health advocate Joseph Ravenell. “It’s a place where we don’t feel threatened — or threatening,” he says. Ravenell recalls his first experiences at the barbershop as being filled with discussion. []