Posted January 14, 2013 by Dr. Henri Montandon in abnormal psych

Technology, Entertainment, Design Talks

TED Talks

Has anyone not heard of TED Talks? Apparently, because I still often find people who respond to mention of TED Talks in a way that reminds me of the old joke about medical students: Why do medical students have hunched shoulders and flat foreheads? Because when you ask them a medical questions they go … and when you tell them the answer, they go….  Of course, this joke depends on some visual input, but then so do TED Talks, which are heavy on graphics and film.

From the web site:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TED Global conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TED  programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The video talks are from five to 20 minutes – longer than a sound bite and shorter than a lecture. By now there are many hundreds, and they are all available free on this site. Presenters range from the guy who founded Microsoft to the guy whose idea it is to fight desertification in the Sahara using sandstone-forming bacteria to make a thousand-mile- long garden city across the continent.

There is also serious neuroscience and here is a small sampling:

Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain
Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness
Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are
Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?
Paul Zak quoted: “Oxytocin infusion increases generosity in unilateral monetary transfers by 80 percent …”

TED Talks present the real news of the day, not the dreary round of violence and politics that panders to the lowest in us and is the very stuff of much standard media. You are certain to be inspired, and you probably will find ideas to use in your own endeavors, as well as possible collaborators, no matter what your field of interest. If you haven’t heard TED Talks before, prepare to become a passionate fan



Dr. Henri Montandon