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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 Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:18:21

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:18:55

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

 Eve Ensler: What security means to me | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:13:45

Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change.

 Billy Graham: On technology and faith | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:26:20

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

 Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:21:28

People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

 Isabel Allende: Tales of passion | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:18:00

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

 Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:29:10

Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

 Progress is not a zero-sum game | Robert Wright | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:19:11

Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" -- the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point -- and how we can use it to help save humanity today.

 Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:22:01

With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

 Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:13:25

Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.

 Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:21:16

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

 Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:20:25

Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.

 Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:32

Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries knock on her door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.

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