What Are Some Popular TED Talks?


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Some popular TED talks include Ken Robinson’s “How Schools Kill Creativity,” Jill Bolte Taylor’s “My Stroke of Insight” and Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” These lectures rank among the most-viewed on the TED website.

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Author and educator Ken Robinson’s talk argues that the modern schooling system is designed to teach students how to be efficient workers, rather than creative thinkers. The head of a 1998 British advisory committee on creative education, Robinson has done significant work on the implementation of creativity in education, and argues in favor of a new type of education that inspires multiple kinds of intelligences.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor experienced an opportunity unique to those in her profession when a blood vessel in her brain exploded, causing a stroke. Taylor watched her own brain function deteriorate, observing the experience in a way no neuroanatomist ever had before. As she slowly regained her cognitive abilities over the course of eight years, Taylor gained valuable insight into the process of neural injury, recovery and function.

Social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy studies how nonverbal behavior affects interpersonal communication, whether in professional or personal environments. In her TED Talk, Cuddy argues that body language can affect both how people view each other and how they view themselves, and that posing in a confident position may actually affect mental states and confidence.

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