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How I fell in love with the drums

How I fell in love with the drums

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By Clayton Cameron As a 5-year-old kid, I barely knew what the word rhythm meant. At least no one told me what banging on inanimate objects and creating my own little beats might be called. It was like rhythm chose me and I really had no say in the matter. My favorite elementary school pastime was tabletop []

Remembering Sherwin Nuland

Remembering Sherwin Nuland

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Surgeon, author and speaker Sherwin Nuland died on March 3, 2014, at age 83. The author of a dozen books — including the award-winning How We Die, a clear-eyed look at life’s last chapter — Nuland came to TED in 2001 to tell a story he’d never told before. The world-renowned surgeon, clinical professor of []

How to tell a great story, visualized

How to tell a great story, visualized

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A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, how do you tell one? Andrew Stanton, []

In praise of ignorance

In praise of ignorance

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“Science, we generally are told, is a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data,” biologist Stuart Firestein says in today’s TED talk. “I’d like to tell you that’s not the case.” Instead, Firestein proposes that science is really about ignorance — about seeking answers rather than collecting them. He []

Elizabeth Loftus on embedding false memories in U.S. soldiers

Elizabeth Loftus on embedding false memories in U.S. soldiers

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“We can’t reliably distinguish true memories from false memories,” declares psychologist Elizabeth Loftus in today’s talk. She’s spent the past forty years studying the memory, and has reached some mind-blowing conclusions about what we know, and what we think we know. Here, she shares more detail about her work, and suggests further reading for anyone []

Want to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read this

Want to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read this

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Elizabeth Loftus studies false memories. As she describes in her TED Talk, The fiction of memory, she has implanted erroneous memories of childhood trauma into adult study subjects as part of her work. She has pinpointed failures in eyewitness testimonies. She’s found that misinformation can reshape taste preferences. And, she’s found that people in stressful []

You too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn Achor

You too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn Achor

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“We think we have to be successful, then we’ll be happier. But the real problem is our brains work in the opposite order,” said Shawn Achor in his charming, immensely popular TED Talk from TEDxBloomington, “The happy secret to better work.” Achor is the CEO of consulting firm Good Think, which conducts research on positive psychology []

The 10 strangest sounds heard on the TED stage

The 10 strangest sounds heard on the TED stage

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What is possible with the human voice? Beardyman asks in today’s talk. He demonstrates with at least fifty manipulations of his voice – from a dog barking to the two-tone singing of a monk. “I was always trying to extend my repertoire of noises to be the very maximum it can be,” he says. On his quest to []

Further reading and citations on global corruption’s hidden leaders

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Charmian Gooch, co-founder of anti-corruption NGO Global Witness, tracks money to expose deep-rooted global corruption. In yesterday’s talk, Gooch demonstrates that dirty money goes all the way to the top, and more sinister is that these cases of corruption are well-known to leaders and corporate elites. Nobody — banks, big oil, government leaders — is []

Dr. Rita Pierson: The TED community reflects

Dr. Rita Pierson: The TED community reflects

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This short post collects messages and reflections on Rita Pierson, who passed away Friday in Texas. If Dr. Pierson’s talk or work touched your life, please share in the comments below. So very sorry to have this terrible news. I only met Dr. Pearson on the day of the recording and was deeply impressed as []

Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman

Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman

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A Shinnecock Indian, Camille Seaman has spent her career as a photographer illustrating the interconnectedness of all life. When she was a child, her grandfather took her outside to play on a hot summer day. He pointed to the sky and said, “Look, do you see that? That’s part of you up there. That’s your []