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{A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoevsky and given by a 10-year-old}

{A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoevsky and given by a 10-year-old}

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On the surface, the talk is “TED-like”: the round red carpet, the well-rehearsed speaker, the shadowy audience, the headset mic. But quickly, discordant elements begin to register: the strange parenthetical markings on the floor, the inappropriate audience responses, the fact that the speaker himself is a 10-year-old boy. Welcome to “The Thought Leader,” a satire []

Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014

Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014

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Philosopher and writer Jim Holt skips right past the dumb quibbling questions and right to the heart of the great existential mystery: Why something, instead of nothing? Why does the universe exist? And why are we in it? The super-ultimate why question. The greatest thinkers have obsessed over the question of existence: Wittgenstein said it’s []

The hard problem of consciousness: David Chalmers at TED2014

The hard problem of consciousness: David Chalmers at TED2014

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“Right now you have a movie playing inside your head,” says philosopher David Chalmers. It’s an amazing movie, with 3D, smell, taste, touch, a sense of body, pain, hunger, emotions, memories, and a constant voice-over narrative. “At the heart of this movie is you, experiencing this, directly. This movie is your stream of consciousness, experience []

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

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

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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 []

The best argument I ever had: A short Q&A with Daniel H. Cohen

The best argument I ever had: A short Q&A with Daniel H. Cohen

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Daniel H. Cohen argues for a good argument. In today’s talk, given at TEDxColbyCollege, Cohen asks us to set aside our goal of winning arguments in favor of gaining a greater appreciation for the legitimate points being made by the other person. In an effort to gain more appreciation for that argument, we asked Cohen []

4 talks on a strange phenomenon we all experience: consciousness

4 talks on a strange phenomenon we all experience: consciousness

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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 []

The real price of market values: Michael Sandel at TEDGlobal 2013

The real price of market values: Michael Sandel at TEDGlobal 2013

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Political philosopher Michael Sandel — the second “Michael from Harvard” this session — returns to TED in the last session of TEDGlobal, “All Together Now,” to address the marketization of our culture. These days there’s very little money can’t buy. If you ever wind up in jail in San Diego, CA, and you find your []

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

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Moral philosopher Peter Singer starts the last session of TED2013, “A Ripple Effect?” with a shocking video of a 2-year-old girl in China who was hit by a van — and then a second van — and ignored by passers-by as she lay dying in an alley. He asks of the audience: Would you have []

Is there a real you? Julian Baggini on TED.com

Is there a real you? Julian Baggini on TED.com

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What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? At TEDxYouth@Manchester, Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer. (Recorded at TEDxYouth@Manchester, August 2011, in Miami Beach, Florida. Duration: 12:14) Watch Julian Baggini’s talk on TED.com, where you can download []