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TED Session 12: Jay Walker, Jamie Cullum

February 7, 2009

1. Jay Walker China will become the world’s largest English-speaking nation this year. English is the language of problem-solving. English is the world’s second-language. 2. Jamie Cullum, musician 3. Gever Tulley Tinkering school for kids. No limits. Shows a rollercoaster built by 7-year-olds. 4. Barry Schwartz Practical wisdom and the remoralization of professional life. Virtue. […]

TED Session 11: Nate Silver, Alex Tabarrok

February 7, 2009

1. Nate Silver, statistician Election, only 90 days ago. If you look at states, just about everywhere became more blue. 20-30-point swings in highland regions for Obama compared to Clinton, it’s remarkable. What’s the matter with Arkansas. 14-20 percent of exit polls said race was important and said they voted for McCain. Is racism predictable? […]

TED Session 10: Fun, Wacky, Inspiring Stuff

February 6, 2009

The theme is DARE. 1-2-3. Capacitor (dance troupe) + preview of Where the Wild Things Are (with music by Arcade Fire) + Ueli Gegenschatz (B.A.S.E jumper, wingsuit flier) 4. Mary Roach, writer (fun facts about orgasms) 5. Ross Evans, lasso tricks 6. Lean Maria Klingvall Born with disabilities — no arms and different-sized legs. But […]

TED Session 9: Natasha Tsakos, Evan Williams

February 6, 2009

The theme is GROW. 1. Natasha Tsakos, performance artist My favorite language is science. Theater transforms senses and opens the door to imagination. And our ability to imagine makes us explorers. Up Wake — demonstration of show — hero is businessman named “Zero.” Performed in a stage with three walls, she is the only actor […]

TED Session 8: Evan Schwartz, Thelma Golden…

February 6, 2009

The theme is DISCOVER. 1. Evan Schwartz Who is the wizard in The Wizard of Oz? He thinks it’s a composite of Edison, Rockefeller, Barnum and the Swami. 2. Thelma Golden, Studio Museum in Harlem executive director Teacher taught her she could travel the world through art in museums without leaving New York City. But […]

TED Session 7: TED Prize

February 5, 2009

The theme is DREAM. 1. Jill Tarter, astronomer Perspective is a very powerful thing. From my perspective we live in a fragile island in a universe of possibilities. If we’re alone, it’s an awful waste of space. Humans have only been the most intelligent life on our planet for a very short time. “I wish […]

TED Session 5: Daniel Libeskind, Kevin Surace…

February 5, 2009

The theme is INVENT. 1. Daniel Libeskind, architect Look around — architecture is resistant to change. We applaud the well-mannered box. But to create a space that never existed is what interests me. Architecture, of all things, has to be optimistic. Need to grapple with questions — be political. It must be real, not simulated. […]

TED Session 5: Nina Jablonski, Art Benjamin…

February 5, 2009

The theme is UNDERSTAND. 1. Nina Jablonski, anthropologist Darwin’s Origin of Species has only one line about human evolution in the entire book, saying all this could have implications. Much later, in 1871, he did have something to say about it: of all the differences between the races of men, color of skin is best-marked […]

TED Session 4: Oliver Sacks, Joann Kuchera-Morin…

February 5, 2009

The theme is SEE. 1. Oliver Sacks, neurologist Hallucinations. Tells story of 95-year-old patient who hallucinated a silent movie. Diagnosed her with Charles Bonnet syndrome. In his experience, 10% of hearing impaired have hearing hallucinations, 10% of visually impaired have images. MRIs done while people are having hallucinations show that visual hallucinations activate fusiform gyrus. […]

TED Session 3: Saul Griffith, Seth Godin…

February 4, 2009

The theme is RECONNECT. 1. Saul Griffith Kites — every child’s favorite plaything –have a magnificent future. Wind is second-largest renewable resource after solar. Kite powered by robot can power five U.S. households — sustained long-duration flight. Working towards megawatt machines — paper plane enough to power cell phone, and it goes from there. Within […]