These are the 10 most watched TED talks.
1 Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
This video is one of my favorites, I’ve always known the educational system is not right… ever since that one time they asked what we wanted to be when we grew up and the top answer was a policeman or a doctor.
I was like:
“what the heck is wrong with these people not teaching us anything about money”
I was 13 back then and knew I had to self teach myself, since the system was obviously meant to produce workers only, so I started my sandwich business, you can read about in my book:
2 Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.
3 Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
4 David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min
In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) — and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.
5 Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
This is one speech that just could not be described with words… Steve Jobs talks about the ups and downs in life, and how to always pursue your dreams.
6 Arthur Benjamin: Lightning calculation and other “Mathemagic”
In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays.
How does he do it?
He’ll tell you.
7 Johnny Lee: Wii Remote hacks
Johnny Lee demos his amazing Wii Remote hacks, which transform the $40 game piece into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. A multi-ovation demo from TED2008.
8 Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information can combine with the power of suggestion (helping us hear those Satanic lyrics in Led Zeppelin). In fact, he says, humans tend to convince ourselves to believe: We overvalue the “hits” that support our beliefs, and discount the more numerous “misses.”
9 Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
10 Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community
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