"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."
"Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness," a game-
theory term describing how players with linked fortunes
tend to cooperate for mutual benefit. This dynamic has
guided our biological and cultural evolution, he says --
but our unwillingness to understand one another, as in the
clash between the Muslim world and the West, will lead to
all of us losing the "game." Once we recognize that life is
a non-zero-sum game, in which we all must cooperate to
succeed, it will force us to see that moral progress --
a move toward empathy -- is our only hope."
"Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of
belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares
breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a
group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice
holds the world in balance."
"Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values
that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're
left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he
pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives
tend to honor most."
"Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to
turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic
unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks
about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how
we can rise to the challenge. "
"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."