Entrancing internet users since 2006, TED Talks exist to stir human curiosity and question mere ideas and “realities” that many of us assume as axiomatic. The topics and speakers are vast in scope and tone, but here’s a selection of our favorite TED Talks:
1. YouTube: Herald Of The Digital Renaissance
This TED Talk is given by none other than its head, Chris Anderson. In it, Anderson waxes poetic on the importance and influence of YouTube in fomenting a unique learning renaissance that is inherently democratic and international.
2. The Best Ted Talks: Jill Bolte Taylor’s “Stroke” Of Insight
One morning, a blood vessel burst within neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. She suffered a stroke and was unable to speak, move or comprehend anything. In this talk, she describes her stroke, her recovery and the structure of the human brain that connects all of us to one another.
3. The Depths Of David Gallo’s Insights
In this talk, it is the video that speaks more than the speaker. Here, David Gallo takes the audience to the depths of the sea, revealing to us an astonishing world unseen by most eyes.
4. Benjamin Zander’s Connection Between Classical Music And Creativity
Acclaimed composer and conductor Benjamin Zander discusses the incredible link between classical music and creativity, and one that cultivates lasting relationships among all of us.
5. The Paradox Of Choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz debunks the Western notion that maximum choice brings about maximum welfare. Choice, Schwartz suggests, hasn’t made us feel more free; rather, it has paralyzed us into a perpetual state of dissatisfaction.