Malcolm Gladwell: What we can learn from spaghetti sauce

By Eric on Friday, January 15, 2010
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food
 industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and
 makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and

Helen Fisher: The science of love, and the future of women

By Eric on Friday, January 8, 2010
Filled Under: TEDTalks

"Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic
 -- love - and explains its evolution, its biochemical
 foundations and its social importance. She closes with
 a warning about the potential disaster inherent in
 antidepressant abuse."

Al Seckel: Your brain is badly wired — enjoy it!

By Eric on Friday, January 1, 2010
Filled Under: TEDTalks

"Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the
 perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of
 eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily
 fooled, we kind of like it."

Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes?

By Eric on Friday, December 25, 2009
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come
 closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the
 only real difference between humans and chimps is our
 sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to
 change the world."

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: Apes that write, start fires and play

By Eric on Friday, December 18, 2009
Filled Under: TEDTalks

"Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can
 understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching,
 forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species
 can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural

What is Consciousness?

By Eric on Thursday, December 17, 2009
Filled Under: Research Channel
"What is Consciousness -- our inner thoughts,
 feelings, personalities -- the hidden 'Stuff'
 of our Private Selves? Is there something
 special about Consciousness, something of the
 mind not in the brain? This is self awareness,
 the interior mental experience we call
 Consciousness. What is the importance of studying
 Consciousness? The panel discusses the concept of
 human consciousness."

Dan Dennett: Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes

By Eric on Friday, December 11, 2009
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan
 Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a
 powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that
 are literally alive."

Steven Pinker: A brief history of violence

By Eric on Friday, December 4, 2009
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical
 times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem
 illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are
 living in the most peaceful time in our species'

Daniel Goleman: Why arent we all Good Samaritans?

By Eric on Saturday, November 28, 2009
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why
 we aren't more compassionate more of the time."

Jill Bolte Taylor: How it feels to have a stroke

By Eric on Friday, November 20, 2009
Filled Under: Authors, TEDTalks

"Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few
 brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she
 realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened
 -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one,
 speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and
 remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about
 how our brains define us and connect us to the world and
 to one another."