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  • 12:37 How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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    It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lor

  • 14:14 Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them | Luma Mufleh

    Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them | Luma Mufleh

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    "We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives -- except our humanity," says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and

  • 14:01 A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane

    A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane

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    Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America -- from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop chasing a conventional bea

  • 13:59 Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

    Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

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    Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 ce

  • 09:58 Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke

    Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke

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    Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for

  • 14:42 Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

    Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

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    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determi

  • 22:13 Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim

    Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim

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    Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet -- will they be met with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost sh

  • 15:03 Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry

    Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry

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    Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains ho

  • 03:33 "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker

    "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker

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    Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading

  • 17:01 How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

    How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

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    Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscien

  • 07:09 How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning

    How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning

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    We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He's built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Learn more a

  • 12:58 When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

    When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

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    What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses "recomposition" -- a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giv

  • 13:22 Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

    Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

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    The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but p

  • 15:55 12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

    12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

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    A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and

  • 07:10 To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo

    To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed -- only that he didn't speak or respond to

  • 06:33 What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

    What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

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    Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used

  • 12:40 Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

    Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

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    There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city's

  • 14:27 How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

    How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

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    The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to bur

  • 14:46 Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

    Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

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    Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including "Waterboy," "Up Above My Head," and "Lonesome Road" by Sister Rosetta Tharp — and one glorious original song, "Come

  • 12:27 How to design a library that makes kids want to read |  Michael Bierut

    How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut

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    When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into the

  • 20:31 No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

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    Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how

  • 07:33 Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

    Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

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    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from B

  • 18:39 The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

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    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband -- and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In t

  • 15:21 Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

    Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

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    We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM su

  • 09:04 How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

    How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

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    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a d

  • 17:36 How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

    How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

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    Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," l

  • 15:11 A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

    A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

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    Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika's origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus -- and other deadly diseases -- by preventin

  • 08:30 Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

    Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

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    Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the con

  • 14:59 Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

    Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

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    "Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how

  • 15:34 When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

    When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

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    T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to p

  • 10:34 Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

    Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

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    Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early

  • 13:08 A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead

    A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead

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    Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited

  • 16:10 What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

    What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

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    In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and d

  • 17:36 3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

    3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

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    How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertain

  • 11:52 How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford

    How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford

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    Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances -- and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don't understand.

  • 15:52 The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

    The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

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    How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they

  • 10:49 A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

    A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

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    Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of t

  • 07:06 A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga

    A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga

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    In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This "summer slump" affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow K

  • 09:07 There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

    There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

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    When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable

  • 09:34 How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

    How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

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    Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dasta

  • 12:49 This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

    This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

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    In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place — a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti. What could a 7

  • 15:31 Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

    Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

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    "There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies," says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers -- and their deliberate distortion of history. Lipstadt encourages us all to go on the offensiv

  • 18:29 On tennis, love and motherhood | Serena Williams and Gayle King

    On tennis, love and motherhood | Serena Williams and Gayle King

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    Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregn

  • 14:34 Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

    Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

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    We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan -- and the professionals ther

  • 13:57 What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

    What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

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    Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-res

  • 11:04 How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll

    How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll

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    Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple

  • 06:27 How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

    How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

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    On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls -- but in Nigeria, government officials called th

  • 10:35 A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

    A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

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    When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beau

  • 15:08 A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

    A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

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    Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don't -- and what mainstream medic

  • 15:26 How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

    How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

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    Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can't carry you into its depths (yet) -- but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe