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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 James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:17:08

James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

 Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:59

The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts.

 Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:17:01

Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.

 Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:05:05

At TEDGlobal University, Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist. The hybridized media shows how two civilizations, rather than dividing, can dovetail.

 David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:38

For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.

 Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:30

Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.

 Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:15:48

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

 Jay Walker: The world's English mania | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:04:34

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands.

 Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:43

"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. Viewer discretion advised.)

 Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:23

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.

 Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:20:02

Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

 Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:20:45

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:19:09

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. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

 Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:15:34

Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.

 Dan Barber: A foie gras parable | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:20:24

At the Taste3 conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in.

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