Videos

Adam Curtis

The Century of the Self
The Living Dead
The Mayfair Set
Pandora’s Box
The Power of Nightmares
The Trap

TED

on open technology and economics

Brewster Kahle builds a free digital library
Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration
Clay Shirky: How social media can make history
Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world
Charles Leadbeater on innovation
Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation
Geoff Mulgan: Post-crash, investing in a better world
Howard Rheingold on collaboration
Jan Chipchase on our mobile phones
Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity
Pete Alcorn on the world in 2200
Peter Hirshberg on TV and the web
Steven Levitt analyzes crack economics
Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics

on decision-making, creativity, and happiness

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice
Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code
Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?
Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?
Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations
Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education
Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow
Nancy Etcoff on the surprising science of happiness
Sendhil Mullainathan: Solving social problems with a nudge

on philosophy and interesting perspectives

A.J. Jacobs’ year of living biblically
Dan Dennett on our consciousness
Dan Dennett on dangerous memes
Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny
Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives
Karen Armstrong: the Charter for Compassion
Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs
Steven Pinker chalks it up to the blank slate
Steven Pinker on language and thought
Steven Pinker on the myth of violence
Susan Blackmore on memes and “temes”

on science and technology

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth
Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life
David Bolinsky animates a cell
Elaine Morgan says we evolved from aquatic ape
Erin McKean redefines the dictionary
Jeff Hawkins on how brain science will change computing
Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks
Juan Enriquez on genomics and our future
Juan Enriquez wants to grow energy
Juan Enriquez shares mindboggling science
Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense
Ron Eglash on African fractals
Robert Full: Learning from the gecko’s tail
VS Ramachandran on your mind

on what we eat

Dean Ornish on healing
Mark Bittman on what’s wrong with what we eat
Michael Pollan gives a plant’s-eye view

on saving the world

Bjorn Lomborg sets global priorities
George Ayittey on Cheetahs vs. Hippos
Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen
Hans Rosling’s new insights on poverty
Jacqueline Novogratz invests in ending poverty
Jacqueline Novogratz on patient capitalism
Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty
James H Kunstler dissects suburbia
Paul Romer’s radical idea: Charter cities
Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability
Stewart Brand proclaims 4 environmental ‘heresies’
Thomas Barnett draws a new map for peace
Wade Davis on endangered cultures