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The TED2016 film festival: Conference shorts

The TED2016 film festival: Conference shorts

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Thought-provoking, silly and sometimes somber, the interstitials shown at TED2016 provide a needed moment for a breath between talks. The videos are meant to “light up different parts of the brain,” says Anyssa Samari, who scours the internet year-round alongside Jonathan Wells to curate this kindling that keeps the intellectual fires burning. “They create balance.” []

Wake up! Invigorating talks from Session 12 of TED2016

Wake up! Invigorating talks from Session 12 of TED2016

In the final session of TED2016, the themes we’ve been talking about all week — the progress of society, the measure of personal success, the importance of the environment — snap into focus. From the prime minister of the “world’s happiest country” to a pair of speakers who challenge the traditional American Dream, it’s a session that will inspire, make you question []

There will be no miracles here: Casey Gerald at TED2016

There will be no miracles here: Casey Gerald at TED2016

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Casey Gerald’s story begins in an East Texas church on the night of December 31, 1999, as he joined his congregation to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world. Gerald had turned 12 that year, and he went to church as often as he could, making sure that the Lord []

The best words of TED2016

The best words of TED2016

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If words could dream, they’d dream of being used in TED Talks. These words lived the dream in Vancouver at TED2016. Precrastinator. Adam Grant explained that a precrastinator is someone who hurries to complete work and cross things off to-do lists. You might be interested to know that the crastin part of precrastinator comes from []

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

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We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016, he shows off some surprising findings. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) []

The dreams that define us: The global talks in Session 10 of TED2016

The dreams that define us: The global talks in Session 10 of TED2016

Host Gerry Garbulsky has a feeling that this may be the session with “the most heavy accents” in TED history. The organizer of TEDxRiodelaPlata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Garbulsky curated each speaker in his session because they’ve given a TEDx talk he loved. With speakers from Botswana, Brazil and Hungary, these ideas are truly without borders. Recaps of []