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The ethics of genetically enhanced monkey-slavesThe ethics of genetically enhanced monkey-slaves

Posted By David Webber

Think parents should be able to select their children’s talents and personalities? Or want to run and hide in the woods at the thought of it? Whatever your opinion, it is precisely the kind of question that Julian Savulescu wants you to take seriously. Professor of practical ethics at the University of Oxford, Savulescu thinks […]


The best argument I ever had: A short Q&A with Daniel H. CohenThe best argument I ever had: A short Q&A with Daniel H. Cohen

Posted By David Webber

Daniel H. Cohen argues for a good argument. In today’s talk, given at TEDxColbyCollege, Cohen asks us to set aside our goal of winning arguments in favor of gaining a greater appreciation for the legitimate points being made by the other person. In an effort to gain more appreciation for that argument, we asked Cohen […]

Global Issues

Turbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier SornetteTurbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier Sornette

Posted By David Webber

Forecasting the stock market has a storied past of unfruitful predictions. But in today’s TED Talk, Didier Sornette shares how he and his research team have successfully identified unstable market bubbles and even predicted when they’ll pop. His findings, if accepted, could quite literally change the way we do business, by shifting how banks, traders […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Tim Exile remixes the Papandreou protest with classical guitar and beatsTim Exile remixes the Papandreou protest with classical guitar and beats

Posted By David Webber

Tim Exile is at TEDGlobal this week, collecting noise. You see, he’s a UK-based electronic music producer and is putting together a few tracks based on sounds in and around the conference. On Tuesday, he went outside the theater to record the protesters rallying against George Papandreou’s politics. Then, mixing their chants with the words from Papandreou’s […]


10 TEDxTalks to watch before election day10 TEDxTalks to watch before election day

Posted By David Webber

As a New York Times article put it this morning, “The presidential campaign entered a delicate phase on Tuesday, suddenly becoming a sideshow to the hurricane.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s hard to remember that in just a week, Americans will be heading to the polls and, with their presidential  selection, answering big questions […]