Sep 28

A Healthful Addiction: TED

Hooked On TED Talks—

Several years ago, a friend suggested that I check out TED Talks, specifically a segment featuring brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor. I did and was immediately hooked.

What is TED Talks? For the uninitiated, TED, is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, although it has expanded its reach to subjects beyond those three categories. Begun in 1984, it is a non-profit organization based on presenting what it believes are ideas worth spreading. Its talks, now more than 1500 in number, are generally limited to not more than twenty minutes and are available FREE on the Internet.

The TED Talks are global in scope and feature individuals who are young and old, racially diverse, female and male, musicians, educators and scientists. All present information that will stimulate you to think, to laugh, to cry, to relax, and they will leave you wanting more. Watch one and you will instantly become a fan. You will be hooked as I was and will wind up spending hours watching a variety of segments that will put your brain into high gear, that will have you laughing until you think your sides will split, that will entrance you and will just plain entertain you. Want more facts? You will find them by Googling TED Talks and exploring the site. You will be impressed.

Before I turn you loose to become an addict, I will tell you about segments that linger in my memory. Maybe you will find them as interesting as I did, but if not, you will surely find some that will captivate you and definitely entertain you.

Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain researcher who describes her own stroke and its effects.

Michael Shermer, listed in my Worth Checking Out, talks about the strange things people believe.

Andrew Stanton is a film-maker who wrote the animated films Wall-E and Toy Story. He opens his segment on the clues to great storytelling with a joke that had me in stitches.

Ken Robinson is an educator who tells us how schools kill creativity, a quality as important as literacy.

Noel Bairey Merz, professor of medicine, reveals how women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s.

Steve Jobs, the guy who gave the world the Macintosh, delivers the Stanford commencement speech on living before you die.

E.O. Wilson gives advice to young scientists: The world needs you, badly!

Sirena Huang, an 11-year-old entrances us with unbelievable violin music.

Usman Rias meets Preston Reed who give us some genuinely impressive percussive guitar music.

Terry Moore gives us a short lesson in how to tie our shoes.  [Good thing they make loafers.]


On that note, I’ll leave you alone to get addicted.