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Live from TED2014

The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Ray Kurzweil returns to the TED stage to explain his new (kind of old) theory of the mind. He first wrote his theory as a paper 50 years ago, but today there’s a plethora of new evidence to support it. First, a refresher on the story of the neocortex, which means “new rind.” Two hundred […]


8 TED Talks about memory8 TED Talks about memory

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Experiences we have all had: walking into a room with a tremendous sense of purpose, only to realize that you have completely forgotten what the purpose was. Talking to someone in a restaurant and losing the thread of your conversation because you’re distracted by the juicier one at the table next door. Slowing down as […]


4 talks on a strange phenomenon we all experience: consciousness4 talks on a strange phenomenon we all experience: consciousness

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

John Searle studies consciousness — which, as he points out in today’s talk, is a “curiously neglected subject in our scientific and philosophical culture.” Curiously — because it is, after all, a pre-condition for anything else we think about. And yet neglected — because consciousness is a subject that makes scientists huffy (they see it […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Lessons from brain soup: Suzana Herculano-Houzel at TEDGlobal 2013Lessons from brain soup: Suzana Herculano-Houzel at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For decades, scientists said that the human brain contains 100 billion neurons. However, when neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel hunted for the source of this often-quoted number, she couldn’t locate one. So she set out to count herself … by making brain soup. She brings a vial of brain soup with her onto the TEDGlobal 2013 stage. This […]


TED Weekends investigates why we judge othersTED Weekends investigates why we judge others

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Above and slightly behind your right ear, exists a part of your brain many scientists believe is specifically dedicated to thinking about other people’s thoughts – to predicting them, reading them, and empathizing with them. It’s called the temporoparietal junction, and this is the area cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe focuses on in her research. At TEDGlobal […]


TEDsters, get ready to play <em>Brain Games</em>TEDsters, get ready to play Brain Games

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Your brain is three and a half pounds of tissue — and yet it’s the key to everything you experience. The National Geographic Channel show Brain Games seeks to give a better understanding of it – by looking at how the brain focuses, processes fears, makes decisions and much more. The show is hosted by […]


Your weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brainYour weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brain

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: Super-duper useful mandatory homework: Get a secure password now. As xkcd explains, most people’s approach to secure passwords (a word bastardized with “random” capital letters and punctuation that’s difficult to remember) is wrong. Now go get yourself a good password. […]


7 talks on mapping the human brain7 talks on mapping the human brain

Posted By Tedstaff

In his State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama teased the importance of mapping the human brain, hinting that it could be a good investment in the future. According to The New York Times, the president will soon announce a decade-long plan to support the comprehensive rendering of the brain as part of […]


7 talks on monkeys, and 7 talks on mind control7 talks on monkeys, and 7 talks on mind control

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Miguel Nicolelis begins today’s talk by showing you what a brainstorm looks and sounds like. “This is 100 brain cells firing,” says Nicolelis. “Everything that defines what human nature is comes from these storms that roll over the hills and valleys of our brains and define our memories, our beliefs, our feelings, our plans for […]