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  • Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman July 20, 2017
    The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fathers to cut ties and form the country's first political parties. Join Feldman for some […]
    Noah Feldman
  • The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang July 19, 2017
    Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on "thick data" -- precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people -- to make […]
    Tricia Wang
  • Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth July 18, 2017
    Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our […]
    Anil Seth
  • Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel July 17, 2017
    Climate change is real, case closed. But there's still a lot we don't understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part? There's a small hope that they could buy us some time to fix things ... or […]
    Kate Marvel
  • Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter July 14, 2017
    What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable -- and what you can do about it.
    Adam Alter
  • What rivers can tell us about the earth's history | Liz Hajek July 13, 2017
    Rivers are one of nature's most powerful forces -- they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they'll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In this visual-packed talk, geoscientist Liz Hajek shows us how rocks deposited by […]
    Liz Hajek
  • Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power | Jorge Ramos July 12, 2017
    You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him. A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist's responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk -- which earned him a standing ovation […]
    Jorge Ramos
  • How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks July 11, 2017
    It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives […]
    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
  • Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash July 10, 2017
    Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.
    Manu Prakash
  • Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them | Luma Mufleh June 23, 2017
    "We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives -- except our humanity," says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and resilience, explaining how she's helping young people from war-torn countries navigate the […]
    Luma Mufleh
  • A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane June 22, 2017
    Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America -- from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop chasing a conventional beauty standard and start embracing their natural hair. "This is about more […]
    Cheyenne Cochrane
  • Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke June 21, 2017
    Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's […]
    Sinéad Burke
  • The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband June 20, 2017
    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband -- and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, […]
    David Miliband
  • Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain June 19, 2017
    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care? Jain's projects show why it's important to fight for the […]
    Anab Jain
  • Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim June 16, 2017
    Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet -- will they be met with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He shares how the institution is working to improve […]
    Jim Yong Kim
  • "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker June 16, 2017
    Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme.
    Sofi Tukker
  • Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry June 15, 2017
    Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains how she and her husband became citizen scientists, working midnight shifts at the lab to […]
    Sharon Terry
  • When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade June 14, 2017
    What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses "recomposition" -- a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.
    Katrina Spade
  • How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning June 13, 2017
    We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He's built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Learn more about the trial and error process behind his invention and take flight with […]
    Richard Browning
  • Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss June 12, 2017
    The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about […]
    Tim Ferriss