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Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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 […]

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The hard problem of consciousness: David Chalmers at TED2014The hard problem of consciousness: David Chalmers at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

“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 […]

Culture

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 […]

Q&A

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

Posted By David Webber

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 […]

Culture

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 […]

Culture

7 writer/artist/thinker groups whose members made a tremendous impact on their time  … as well as ours7 writer/artist/thinker groups whose members made a tremendous impact on their time … as well as ours

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 1812, four men met for a “philosophical breakfast” at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, Richard Jones and William Whewell. Over food and drinks, they debated the state of knowledge –- imagining a world in which thinkers drew conclusions based on data, where research was done for the good of humanity rather than for […]

Culture

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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 […]

Health

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

Posted By Tedstaff

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 […]