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Great moments in letter writing

Great moments in letter writing

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A letter — be it handwritten or typed — feels like an unpremeditated revelation, a glimpse into the writer’s subconscious. Letters are, also, often rooted to the place where they were written: a cozy armchair, a backyard hammock, the corner desk of a classroom, a train. It’s this physical and temporal presence that enables a []

Intelligence in muscles: Q&A with Alexander Grey

Intelligence in muscles: Q&A with Alexander Grey

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What can you learn from your muscles? A lot, according to Alexander Grey, the chief technology officer of Somaxis, who has created sensors that measure muscle workload. In a talk given at TED@New York – one of 14 events that was part of the 2013 Talent Search — Grey demonstrates how people can use these sensors []

No more boring interviews: Q&A with Randy Cohen

No more boring interviews: Q&A with Randy Cohen

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In an interview you should ask a movie star about her movies, an author about his books, a musician about her latest album. But Randy Cohen, the original New York Times Ethicist, hopes to bypass all those boring questions on his radio show “Person Place Thing” and find out what weird passions people of note []

The spark of epiphanies: Q&A with John Kounios

The spark of epiphanies: Q&A with John Kounios

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Cognitive neuroscientist John Kounios was curious: what happens in the brain when someone has a great idea? And so the Drexel University psychology professor designed an experiment to measure subjects’ brain activity as they solved problems. In a talk given at TED@New York — one of 14 events that was part of the 2013 Talent []

Thinking about life after death: Q&A with Daniel Ogilvie

Thinking about life after death: Q&A with Daniel Ogilvie

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Daniel Ogilvie was shocked when his 4-year-old daughter ran out of her bedroom screaming, “I don’t want to be a thing that dies.” But every child goes through this moment of recognizing their mortality. A Rutgers University professor who has studied philosophy for the past 25 years, Ogilvie has become fascinated with our beliefs about []

Detecting pancreatic cancer early: Q&A with 15-year-old Jack Andraka

Detecting pancreatic cancer early: Q&A with 15-year-old Jack Andraka

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Pancreatic cancer is devastating. Only 5.5% of those diagnosed with the disease survive past five years, because — once it’s diagnosed — it generally has already spread around the body. And that’s where 15-year-old high school student Jack Andraka sees a major opportunity for change. In a spirited talk given at TED@New York — one []

Openness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua Prager

Openness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua Prager

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Until he was 19, Joshua Prager wanted to play professional baseball or be a doctor. After 19, he was just glad he could walk. For eight years Prager was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee for his long-form pieces investigating historical secrets. In his talk []

Watching monkeys make friends: Q&A with Lauren Brent

Watching monkeys make friends: Q&A with Lauren Brent

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We know other primates are a lot like us. But how close are they, and what can we learn about ourselves from them? Lauren Brent is a primatologist and evolutionary biologist who has spent years studying social bonds — particularly friendship — with an eye to learning how and why those behaviors evolved. We talked []

LOL is its own language: Q&A with John McWhorter

LOL is its own language: Q&A with John McWhorter

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Kids these days are “speaking” a new language, right under our noses and literally right under the table. But is texting making us dumber? No, says John McWhorter, Associate Professor at Columbia University and Contributing Editor at The New Republic. In his talk from TED@New York — one of 293 talks given as part of []