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How should we talk about transgender issues?How should we talk about transgender issues?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out. The transgender fashion model chose Vancouver to reveal to the world that she was assigned male at birth. “I am here exposed … to help others live without shame and terror,” she says in today’s talk. The trans community has had a spotlight […]

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Kate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work firstKate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work first

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

When creative scientist Kate Stone gave her talk at TED2013, her biggest worry was whether her paper DJ decks would work onstage. Something she didn’t think twice about: being “outed” as transgender. She didn’t want to detract from her work, and figured that her gender identity was her own personal business. But now, one year later, […]

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Why this might just be the most significant TED Talk ever postedWhy this might just be the most significant TED Talk ever posted

Posted By Chris Anderson

I want to give you the back story behind today’s TED Talk and make the case that it’s one of the most significant we’ve ever posted. And I’m not just talking about its incredible animation. I’m talking about its core idea. Two years ago the psychologist Steven Pinker and the philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, who are […]

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6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Catherine Bracy Hacking has always been an important component of healthy democracies. Despite the bad connotation the word often has these days — indicating rogue criminals breaking into computer systems, stealing identities, spying or worse — hacking is really just any amateur innovation on an existing system. And that “system” doesn’t have to be […]

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6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex at Dawn with Cacilda Jethá, takes a deeper look at the standard narrative of human sexual evolution we’ve long upheld: men provide women with goods and services in exchange for women’s sexual fidelity. According to this model, Ryan points out, the war between the sexes is […]

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Examining prejudice: An in-office TED sessionExamining prejudice: An in-office TED session

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Last night in our office, we held a miniature TED session around the theme “Examining Prejudice.” And while it explored issues of discrimination and homophobia, it also veered to some unexpected places — like your dislike of Brussels sprouts. “When we think of prejudice, we think of stupid people doing stupid things,” said psychologist Paul […]

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The Moneyball Effect: How smart data is transforming criminal justice, healthcare, music, and even government spendingThe Moneyball Effect: How smart data is transforming criminal justice, healthcare, music, and even government spending

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When Anne Milgram became the Attorney General of New Jersey in 2007, she was stunned to find out just how little data was available on who was being arrested, who was being charged, who was serving time in jails and prisons, and who was being released. “It turns out that most big criminal justice agencies […]

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10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher

Posted By TED Guest Author

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 […]

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Mapping history: How Google Maps and Nat Geo are layering old and new space (just like today’s TED Talk)Mapping history: How Google Maps and Nat Geo are layering old and new space (just like today’s TED Talk)

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Frederic Kaplan has found an unconventional way to build a time machine. Rather than making a metal object (or, uh, a police call box) that whisks you through time and space, he wondered: Could a time machine be built out of information? In today’s TED Talk, filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU, Kaplan previews the Venice Time Machine, […]

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From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right nowFrom Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

Posted By TED Guest Author

By the organizers of TEDxBeirut Archaeologists believe that Phoenician traders, who set out from the shores of Lebanon, spread their alphabet across the ancient Mediterranean world, unleashing a chain reaction that they couldn’t have conceived of even in their wildest dreams. Today, we are honored to spread that word again as Suzanne Talhouk’s talk from […]

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Your holiday reading list: Great novels by 2013 TED speakersYour holiday reading list: Great novels by 2013 TED speakers

Posted By Jessica Gross

Packing up for your holiday trip home? For the downtime from eggnog, food and family, consider bringing a couple of these excellent novels from TED speakers whose talks were published this year. Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel, The Age of Miracles, quickly took off when it was published last year. Walker imagines a world in […]

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6 studies on how money affects the mind6 studies on how money affects the mind

Posted By Jessica Gross

How does being rich affect the way we behave? In today’s talk, social psychologist Paul Piff provides a convincing case for the answer: not well. “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases,” he says in […]

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Phil Hansen gives the gift of TEDPhil Hansen gives the gift of TED

Posted By Tedstaff

Limitations, schimitations. At TED2013, Phil Hansen shared the story of how he thought his art career was over when he developed a severe hand tremor. Instead, by learning to “embrace the shake,” Hansen became a creative powerhouse, constantly coming up with new ways to transcend his limitation. And so we wondered: what if we asked […]