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Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

My stroke of insight :: Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? // Excellent TED talk where Sherry Turkle "studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication.

When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."

TED TALK // Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries kn.

16 TED Talks That Will Make You Smarter About Food  From Jamie Oliver's dissertation on childhood obesity to Dan Barber's sustainable fish parable, these short videos will turn you into a food politics pro overnight.

From Jamie Oliver's dissertation on childhood obesity to Dan Barber's sustainable fish parable, these short videos will turn you into a food politics pro overnight.

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply a.

Five TED talks about Social Anxiety.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Try something new for 30 days. Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just . Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Guy Winch writes in appreciation of Emilie Wapnick's TED Talk, "Why some of us don't have one true calling."

Hidden voices: Why some of us don't have one true calling

Guy Winch writes in appreciation of Emilie Wapnick's TED Talk, "Why some of us don't have one true calling.

Use with Romeo and Juliet unit--The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain. Why teenagers do what they do.

Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

I always come back to Elizabeth Gilberts Ted Talk on Creativity when I need a pick me up. annielenore

"Your Elusive Creative Genius" TED Talk - 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.

The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusion.

The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our…

These iconic talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.

"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults.

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

Allan Savory: How to green the worlds deserts and reverse climate change.  Okay, I feel like this one is so simple and can have probably the biggest positive impact on the environment than anything I've seen.

Fantastic Friday, Dec Hunter Lester Start-Up discusses Allan Savory's Holistic Management. If you are unfamiliar with Holistic Management, check out the pin's link TED TALKS Allan Savory chat in March 2013

If you have a child or know a child, I urge you to watch this video and share it! Get involved. Teach every child about food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia -- and a shocking image of the sugar we eat -- TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

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