Powerful. “Forge meaning, build identity” How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are.
“The extraordinary and eloquent Andrew Solomon closes TED2014 with a talk that brought the theater to its feet.”
Probably one of my favorite all time Ted Talks. Frank Warren: Hilarious & Heartbreaking Secrets
“Sometimes when we think we are keeping a secret, that secret is actually keeping us.”
Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, But, in this passionate talk by Susan Cain, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Esther Perel: The Secret to Desire in a Lon-Term Relationship
So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.
8 Different Talks on Everything You Thought You Knew… Was Wrong
Ric Elias: 2 Things I learned while my plane crashed
Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God
Julia is not only ‘right on’, but laugh out loud hilarious. Letting Go of God, is about the “quest for something I could really believe in” — which turns out to be no God at all.”
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
“shame needs three things to grow: secrecy, silence, judgement” ~Brene Brown
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
“Read Sam Harris and wake up” ~Richard Dawkins
Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong
Kathryn Schulz: Don’t regret regret
“Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.” ~Kathryn Schulz
Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything
“The circumstances of our lives actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives.” ~Rory Sutherland
Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived
“The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.” ~Stacey Kramer
Richard Dawkins on militant atheism
“An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” ~Richard Dawkins
Nick Hanauer, a top 1%er and entrepreneur whose sobering look at the economy
“Nick Hanauer, self described “super-rich” entrepreneur, gave a fantastic TED Talk about how the middle class—not the super-rich—are the real job creators. But TED, which has released over 100 different political videos in the past, thought this one was too partisan and refused to release it. We normally love TED, and were surprised they didn’t think this talk was TEDworthy.
Under pressure from the internets, TED finally relented and released the video. Watch it and decide for yourself if it’s really all that controversial to say that the “super-rich are not job creators.”
David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates
“People might disagree about whether [a murderer] should have been executed. But I think everybody would agree that the best possible version … would be a story where no murder ever occurs.” ~David R. Dow
Less stuff, more happiness: Graham Hill
“Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.”
I think it was Dawkins who said: “we are all atheists. I just believe in one less god than you. When you understand why you have rejected all the other gods, you will understand why I reject yours”
Thanks for this handy list. I love Julia Sweeney.
You will LOVE this! I was laughing out loud! — And she is amazing.
Actually, Sweeney’s TED talk was where I first encountered her and I DID laugh out loud. She is sooooo funny. I just finished listening to the Dawkins talk (which I hadn’t encountered before) and was pleasantly surprised at the sense of humor there, too. Again, thanks for the list. I’ll be getting back to it again.
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Love your collection of TED talks 🙂
And, I love Ted Talks too!! 🙂 thanks for assembling your favorites in one easy place to reference!!
I love, love, love TedTalks… now I will have to go through and review all the ones you have commented on.
I love TED Talks and need to watch more of them!!
Great choice of TED talks. I just listened to four of them and particularly liked the Esther Perel and Sam Harris talks. Will listen to the rest another time. It’s easy to have too much of a good thing.
Thanks, Malcolm. And it most definitely is easy to have too much of a good thing. There have been Sundays where my famous last words have been “okay, this really is the last Talk I’m watching.” I’m glad you enjoyed them. And the one by Esther Perel is also one of my favorites too!