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How octopuses battle each other | DIY Neuroscience, a TED series

Them’s fighting words if you’re an octopus, in that more than one octopus in a space often means a rumble. Neuroscientist Greg Gage and his colleagues analyze aggression by observing the fighting behavior of two-spotted octopuses or, if you prefer, octopodes. On DIY Neuroscience, a TED original series, watch cutting-edge neuroscience experiments on a shoestring […]
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How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best […]
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Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar

Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its […]
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The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder […]
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Questioning the universe | Stephen Hawking

http://www.ted.com Professor Stephen Hawking asks some big questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers […]
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Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

http://www.ted.com South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela dedicates his song, “Thula Mama,” to all women — and especially his grandmother. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes — […]
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Militant atheism | Richard Dawkins

http://www.ted.com Biologist Richard Dawkins launches into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than […]
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The illusion of consciousness | Dan Dennett

http://www.ted.com Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don’t we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to give […]
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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

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 […]
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Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way

http://www.ted.com Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 […]
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Let’s put birth control back on the agenda | Melinda Gates

http://www.ted.com Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world’s social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she […]