TED Talks cover subjects as diverse as education, body language, sociology and neurology. TED Talks are part of a global conference series highlighting ideas from innovative modern thinkers.
British author and educator Sir Ken Robinson delivers a lecture on the problems with public education. Robinson, a noted educational theorist responsible for a landmark study on creativity and the economics of public schooling, argues that education is increasingly designed to manufacture efficient workers, rather than creative thinkers.
Body language expert Amy Cuddy offers a talk on the psychological effects of body language. Cuddy argues that “power posing” can actually affect individuals’ perceptions of themselves, increasing testosterone and cortisol levels and even potentially improving chances for success in life.
Brene Brown, an expert on human connection, offers a TED Talk highlighting the value of vulnerability. Brown’s talk focuses on insights gained from her own research and the personal effect they had on her. Brown argues that learning to embrace vulnerabilities and insecurities can help individuals build stronger connections in life.
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor found herself in the unique position of experiencing a stroke and watching her brain functions deteriorate. As she observed the decline in her motion, speech and even self-awareness, Taylor found herself privy to a type of observation no neuroanatomist had previously undertaken. Her talk on her stroke and recovery process is both inspiring and educational.