James' Top 10 TED Talks

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TED Talks are a series of speeches/presentations made by world-class minds and talents (www.TED.com). They can be thought-provoking, moving, and inspirational. Find below links to my top 10 TED talks. If I do not have ten listed it's because I haven't finished watching them all! I want to reserve this space for those that I find most meaningful, rather than to have an immediate, complete list of ten. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
  2. Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius
    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
  3. Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes?
    Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
  4. Richard Dawkins: The universe is queerer than we can suppose
    Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
  5. Paula Scher: Great design is serious (not solemn)
    Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
  6. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: Apes that write, start fires and play Pac-Man.
    Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.
  7. Philip Zimbardo: How ordinary people become monsters ...or heroes.
    Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge. The first 3 minutes is 'so-so', but therafter is fascinating.
  8. Brian Greene: The universe on a string.
    Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.