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The week in comments


It reads like everyone was inspired by the talks this week (including two more released from TEDGlobal 2009), which feature philosopher Alain de Botton on success, scientist Elaine Morgan on aquatic apes and artist/software engineer Golan Levin on his interactive art. Lets get to the comments: On Elaine Morgan’s talk: We evolved from aquatic apes: []

Did we evolve from aquatic apes? Elaine Morgan on TED.com


Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea — and her theory on why mainstream science doesn’t take it seriously. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 17:13) Twitter []

Post-TEDGlobal: Roundups and reminiscences UPDATED


However you experienced TEDGlobal 2009 — live, on the web feed, or via Twitter and the TED Blog updates — this week is about reviewing, reliving and moving forward. As Arturo Ania tweeted earlier today: First thought this morning: How can I inject my team with the inspiration and energy from #TED in Oxford? We’re []

Elaine Morgan at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes on Session 6


Why is the human phenotype so different from the chimpanzee, even though experts constantly point out how similar the genotypes are? Why are we bipedal while they walk on four legs? Why are we hairless while they are hairy? Elaine Morgan seeks to look beyond what she thinks are the utterly incorrect answers proposed by []

Twitter Snapshot: Elaine Morgan believes in aquatic apes


Octogenarian scientist Elaine Morgan became the oldest speaker in TED’s history (at the sprightly age of 90) at TEDGlobal 2009 when she presented her addition to evolutionary science: the theory of aquatic apes. Here’s how the excited crowd on Twitter responded to her vibrant talk: Elaine Morgan talking pure sense at #TED about paradigm shift []