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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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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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David Christian’s Big History gets much, much … biggerDavid Christian’s Big History gets much, much … bigger

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

David Christian had little idea what was in store when he stepped on the set of The Colbert Report last month. Having lived in Australia for years, Christian wasn’t familiar with the show and its special brand of political satire. And yet, sitting across the table from Stephen Colbert — a perfectly placed Colbert Nation […]

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Why are we getting smarter? Further reading on the “Flynn effect”Why are we getting smarter? Further reading on the “Flynn effect”

Posted By Jessica Gross

In the 1980s, psychologist James Flynn discovered that, over the past century, our average IQ has increased dramatically. The difference, in fact, is so stark that the phenomenon garnered its own name: the Flynn effect. In today’s talk, Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’, given at TED2013, Flynn explains that if you […]

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Building the 9/11 Memorial Museum: Reflections as opening day approachesBuilding the 9/11 Memorial Museum: Reflections as opening day approaches

Posted By TED Guest Author

In today’s moving TED Talk, Jake Barton of the design firm Local Projects shares the idea at the core of the yet-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum: that museum-goers need to be included in the telling of the story. “The event is so recent, somewhere between history and current events,” says Barton, explaining that more […]