TED Talks Society and Culture show

TED Talks Society and Culture

Summary: Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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 Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:19:28

Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

 Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0 | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:19:20

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

 Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:19:02

Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

 Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:15:59

Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

 Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:12:04

Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, "ghostbusters" running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. In his talk, he shows how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

 Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:54

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

 Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:18:50

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

 Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:05:49

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

 Jarreth Merz: Filming democracy in Ghana | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:08:36

Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, came to Ghana in 2008 to film the national elections. What he saw there taught him new lessons about democracy -- and about himself.

 Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:14:01

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

 Jeremy Gilley: One day of peace | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:17:41

Here's a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became real -- real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions.

 Philip Zimbardo: The demise of guys? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:04:46

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons -- and challenges the TED community to think about solutions.

 Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:15:22

Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.

 Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:13:55

Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness" -- first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.

 Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:03:27

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.


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