The surprising beauty of mathematics


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    Faster than a calculator | Arthur Benjamin | TEDxOxford

    15:04

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    Benjamin makes numbers dance. In his day job, he's a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College; in his other day job, he's a Mathemagician, taking the stage to perform high-speed mental calculations, memorisations and other astounding mathematic stunts. It's part of his drive to teach math and mental agility in interesting ways, following in the footsteps of such heroes as Martin Gardner.

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    Math isnt hard, its a language | Randy Palisoc | TEDxManhattanBeach

    8:55

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Is 26% proficiency in math acceptable to you? That's the question teacher and Synergy Academies Founder Dr. Randy Palisoc asks the TEDxManhattanBeach audience. With only 26% of U.S. twelfth graders proficient in mathematics, Randy shares his solution: teach math as a language. Putting words back into math lessons enables even the youngest school-age minds to grasp complex concepts, such as fractions, that are traditionally thought of as abstract and difficult to understand. In his stunningly simple and effective approach, math no longer creates problems for kids but solves them.

    Randy Palisoc is a passionate educator, known for making math easy. A founder of the five-time national award winning Synergy Academies, Randy is proud to identify Synergy as an “in spite of” school. In spite of the fact that its students were disadvantaged and in spite of the fact that it did not have its own facility and had to pack up its classrooms every single week, his school was the first and only elementary school in South Los Angeles to ever win the National Blue Ribbon Award, and was named the #1 Urban Elementary School in America in 2013.

    Seeking a broader impact, Randy left Synergy this year to start Ironbox Education. One of the ways he believes we can dramatically improve America’s schools is by doing a better job teaching math to our students in a way that makes sense to them. Randy believes implementing a few changes in the way we approach math will give students the confidence and thinking skills to be more competitive in a global economy.

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    The “Game Changer” he most admires is Steve Jobs, because he had the ability to envision things we did not even know we needed or wanted.


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    Mathematics and sex | Clio Cresswell | TEDxSydney

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    Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all.

    Dr Clio Cresswell is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at The University of Sydney researching the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. Born in England, she spent part of her childhood on a Greek island, and was then schooled in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. At eighteen she simultaneously discovered the joys of Australia and mathematics, following on to win the University Medal and complete a PhD in mathematics at The University of New South Wales. Communicating mathematics is her field and passion. Clio has appeared on panel shows commenting, debating and interviewing; authored book reviews and opinion pieces; joined breakfast radio teams and current affair programs; always there highlighting the mathematical element to our lives. She is author of Mathematics and Sex.

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    Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull

    15:04

    Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion – quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world.

    Graham specialises in the art of communication and has helped thousands of people to make important presentations. He is perhaps best known for his use of fast cartoon drawings to communicate ideas and is the author of ‘The Art of Business Communication’.

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    Quantum Physics for 7 Year Olds | Dominic Walliman | TEDxEastVan

    15:36

    In this lighthearted talk Dominic Walliman gives us four guiding principles for easy science communication and unravels the myth that quantum physics is difficult to understand, it’s all in how it’s explained.


    Dominic Walliman is a physicist, and award-winning science writer. He received his PhD in quantum device physics from the University of Birmingham and currently works at D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company in Vancouver. Dominic grew up reading science books and remembers vividly the excitement of discovering the mind-boggling explanations that science gives us about the Universe. If he can pass on this wonder and enjoyment to the next generation, he will consider it a job well done.

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    My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

    12:45

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    Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the documentary Life According to Sam, which will premiere on HBO on October 21, 2013.

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    How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

    18:27

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    Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time.

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    How to become a memory master | Idriz Zogaj | TEDxGoteborg

    17:06

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    Idriz is passionate about teaching others how to improve their memories and believes that with the right practice, almost everyone can get a super-memory.

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    A musical genius | Usman Riaz | TEDxGateway

    11:17

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    TED Fellow and OneBeat Fellow, Artist, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist.

    21 Year Old Usman Riaz grew up playing classical piano since the age of 6. Picking up guitar at 16 Usman taught himself how to play percussive guitar. Along with these 2 primary instruments he experiments with a number of other ones such as Harmonica, Mandolin, Harmonium and percussion. His recent at TED performances and talks at TED Global 2012 and his selection for the US State department funded cultural/music exchange program OneBeat have proven to him that the internet can be used as a reliable platform to learn new things and open up pathways that seemed impossible before.

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    The art of seduction | Seema Anand | TEDxEaling

    14:38

    The ancient arts of Courtesanery and Seduction were once treated as high philosophy, with divine and academic associations. Dr. Seema Anand explores how these narratives have been lost and in the evolution of their vocabulary, the implications have changed. Working with the range of what 'story' can mean to an individual Seema facilitates the learning processes of 'telling', 'listening', 'acknowledging' and 'rejecting' the narratives that make up our lives and our social interactions to enhance communication, build links and open dialogue.

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    What is Calculus Used For? | Jeff Heys | TEDxBozeman

    8:51

    This talk describes the motivation for developing mathematical models, including models that are developed to avoid ethically difficult experiments.  Three different examples from the field of human health are presented.

    Jeffrey J. Heys is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Montana State University. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering in 1996 from Montana State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998 and 2001,respectively.  His research area is computational transport and computational fluid dynamics in biological systems with an emphasis on fluid-structure interaction and multiphase flows.

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    How to use one paper towel | Joe Smith | TEDxConcordiaUPortland

    4:28

    R. P. Joe Smith served as a District Attorney in Umatilla County and nearly won a race for Oregon Attorney General without taking a single contribution over $99.99. He is a former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party and is active with several local nonprofits.

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    The mathematics of weight loss | Ruben Meerman | TEDxQUT

    21:26

    This is the edited version of The Mathematics of Weight Loss presented by Ruben Meerman.

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    iPhone application developer... and 6th grader | Thomas Suarez | TEDxManhattanBeach

    4:34

    Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me, he says, and Steve Jobs inspired me. Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app? He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

    Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp His most successful application is one he terms an anti-Justin-Bieber game called Bustin Jieber. It's is a variation on the Whac-a-Mole theme, he explains.

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    Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching | Dan Finkel | TEDxRainier

    14:42

    In this perspective-expanding and enjoyable talk, Dan Finkel invites us to approach learning and teaching math with courage, curiosity, and a sense of play.

    Dan Finkel wants everyone to have fun with math. After completing his Ph.D. in algebraic geometry at the University of Washington, he decided that teaching math was the most important contribution he could make to the world. He has devoted much of his life to understanding and teaching the motivation, history, aesthetics, and deep structure of mathematics.

    Dan is the Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. A teacher of teachers and students, Dan works with schools, develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

    Dan is one of the creators of Prime Climb, the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game. He contributes regularly to the New York Times Numberplay blog and hosts Seattle’s Julia Robinson Math Festival annually. In his spare time he performs improv comedy in Seattle.


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    How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning | Jo Boaler | TEDxStanford

    12:58

    You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” Not so, says Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler, who shares the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults.

    Jo Boaler is a professor of mathematics education at Stanford and the co-founder of YouCubed, which provides resources and ideas to inspire and excite students about mathematics. She is also the author of the first massive open online course on mathematics teaching and learning. Her book Experiencing School Mathematics won the Outstanding Book of the Year award for education in Britain. A recipient of a National Science Foundation early career award' she was recently named by BBC as one of the eight educators changing the face of education.

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    The Beauty and Power of Mathematics | William Tavernetti | TEDxUCDavis

    12:42

    William Tavernetti has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis and is currently a lecturer at UC Davis in the department of Mathematics. William also works as a teacher fellow for the Introduction to Engineering Mechanics Cluster at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS). Prior to graduate school William worked as a Junior Reliability Engineer for Valador Inc. supporting the NASA Altair Lunar Lander. William also holds a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.

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    Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right | Laura Sicola | TEDxPenn

    15:33

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    How do we sound credible? Dr. Sicola ( shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and how to use it to your advantage.

    Watch Laura Sicola's talk to learn how to hone your vocal executive presence and make your desired vocal impact!

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    5 techniques to speak any language | Sid Efromovich | TEDxUpperEastSide

    14:51

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    Sid is our resident hyperpolyglot. He grew up in Brazil and after some journeying around the world, he now lives an exciting life in New York where he works as a Sugar Trader.

    Teaching has always been one of his passions and he has led groups of young leaders since 2006. He has given workshops, talks and classes in 3 different continents and is currently a Master Teacher in Skillshare where he teaches classes on nurturing happiness and learning foreign languages.
    Sid is also the founder of I Embrace You (formerly called Hug Don't Hate), based in Boston. After presiding over the organization and leading over 100 volunteers annually, he was recognized with the top leadership award in his graduating class at Boston University. He also holds an MBA from Purdue University and from Leibniz Universität.

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    5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do: Gever Tulley at TEDxMidwest

    10:14

    In his humorous and uplifting style, Gever Tulley debunks classic myths of childhood safety. With rampant fear mongering, is it any wonder that children are actually over-protected? Instead, Tulley believes the most effective way to keep children safe is to give them a little taste of danger.

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    Body language, the power is in the palm of your hands | Allan Pease | TEDxMacquarieUniversity

    14:30

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    Allan Pease is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at ULIM International University, who researches and studies selling relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use. Allan's own experience and record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others. He is a born achiever, starting his career at the age of 10. Globally known as Mr Body Language, his programs are used by businesses and governments to teach powerful relationship skills. His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say 'yes'.

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    The skill of self confidence | Dr. Ivan Joseph | TEDxRyersonU

    13:21

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    As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph's TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.

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    TEDxBoulder - Thad Roberts - Visualizing Eleven Dimensions

    15:48

    In this talk Thad Roberts reveals a theory that could prove to be the key in simplification of the various complexities of quantum mechanics, space, and time.

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    What is Math About?: Masao Morita at TEDxKyoto 2012

    9:28

    Kyoto Mathematician Morita Masao unlocks the hidden mysteries and real-world applications of numbers.

    Masao Morita
    Independent scholar
    The word mathematics may delight some people and terrify others. Masao Morita, while still enrolled with the Tokyo University Mathematics Department in 2010, began his explorations as an independent researcher by founding the Kai An Mathematics Dojo in Fukuoka. In the years since, Masao has been continuing his independent research outside the university system, conducting practical workshops that explore the concept of thinking under constraints that go beyond our thoughts. His main research interests include Category Theory and the Theory of Computation. Masao seeks to fuse the theoretic and practical aspects of mathematics, and to share the insights they offer with the world. To this end, Masao regularly conducts unique mathematics concerts around the country, both conducting and performing in a demonstration of Mathematics that will leave you breathless.



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    「数学の演奏会」をご存知ですか?そのステージで拍手に包まれる演奏家=Playerこそが森田真生さんです。2010年、東京大学理学部数学科在学中に、福岡県糸島市に数学道場「懐庵」を立ち上げたのが、独立研究者としての第一歩。以来、「思考を超えた制約の中に思考を投げ出す」ことをテーマに、さまざまな実験的ワークショップを開催しながら、大学制度の外側で独自の研究活動を展開してきました。主な関心は「圏論」「計算論」。現在は京都に拠点を構え、自然と「ともに-考える(com-putare)」という、言葉本来の意味での計算(computation)ということを理論的、実践的に追求しています。同時に、数学の世界の数々「名作」を「演奏する」ことをコンセプトに、「数学の演奏会」を全国各地で開催しています。



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    Im 17 | Kate Simonds | TEDxBoise

    13:39

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
    Kate Simonds, senior at Timberline High School, is 17. Take a deep breath and a quick inventory of what feelings come to mind when you consider a 17 year old. Now watch this talk and prepare to have your thoughts flipped inside out.

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    Classical guitar is NOT boring | Marina Alexandra | TEDxColumbiaSC

    10:23

    March of Toy Soldiers by Nikita Koshkin and Sunburst by Andrew York.

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    How to crack world’s toughest examinations | ROMAN SAINI | TEDxJUIT

    16:39

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The talk, given by Roman Saini is about his journey till now and the way he cracked some of the world’s toughest examinations. He emphasizes on extremely low acceptance ratio in prestigious Indian examinations. Making a mention of the importance of being risk friendly, he then goes on to explain how each one of us has the capability to achieve greatness but we are afraid to take that one step. He believes that luck is a probability and describes how each one of us has equal chances of succeeding at it. His deduction exhibits competence is more impactful than just having confidence. He is of the opinion that delayed gratification and Roman’s Rituals have helped him a lot in life.Finally, he ends the talk with a song.

    “I believe we can achieve anything if we really want it. For me there were no external benchmarks to conquer. I have done everything that I really enjoyed doing. I play guitar as I love music not because I aspire to go to Trinity College in England. Medicals, civil services to now giving back to millions of UPSC candidates – all these have been
    internal drives.”-are the words of a prodigy who cracked AIIMS at 16, Indian Administrative Services (IAS) at 22 and even holds a degree for music from Trinity College and is now helping IAS aspirants via Unacademy. Featured in Your Story, he feels everyone has the capability to pursue their dreams; all they need is to understand it well. The driving force for him is his quest to constantly learn and his hunger for knowledge which has made him go on and on and on.

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    A new type of mathematics: David Dalrymple at TEDxMontreal

    13:55

    Accepted to MIT graduate school at 14 years old — the youngest ever — David Dalrymple will share his deep insight into the future of mathematics.

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    The magical science of storytelling | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholm

    16:45

    Why is Storytelling so powerful? And how do we use it to our advantage? Presentations expert David JP Phillips shares key neurological findings on storytelling and with the help of his own stories, induces in us the release of four neurotransmitters of his choice. Learn more in this 2nd TEDxStockholm talk of David's.

    David JP Phillips is an international speaker, author and coach in Modern Presentation Skills. His training and material are based on neuroscience and biology which makes his deliveries very hands on, practical and motivational. He is best known for his seminar How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint, delivered at TEDxStockholm in 2015.

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    The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast

    14:37

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    Why computer engineering is like standup comedy: Wayne Cotter at TEDxRainier

    9:42

    Computer engineer-turned standup comic Wayne Cotter shares his background as a means to discuss the ways in which assumptions and stereotypes affect how we see ourselves and others. Hilarity ensues.

    Comedian Wayne Cotter appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno and became a fixture on the national comedy scene. He went on to become a recurring cast member on The Tonight Show and to host Comic Strip Live for many years on the Fox network.. Although he had studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and begun a career with a New Jersey computer company, before long Wayne started moonlighting as a Philadelphia comedian. He continued this double life for some time, and ultimately came to the visionary conclusion that the computer industry was going nowhere and left town to pursue show business full time.

    For the last ten years he has been entertaining and emceeing at corporate events, which has kept him surprisingly/uncomfortably/predictably/happily close to the earlier career that he never quite left behind.

    This talk was given November 9, 2013 in Seattle at TEDxRainier, a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

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    Why we procrastinate by Vik Nithy @ TEDxYouth@TheScotsCollege

    9:51

    Vik Nithy is the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20 including how own marketing consulting firm. His left after school Vik has been extremely successful despite being diagnosed with ADHD after finishing his school exams. Developing his passion for cognitive neuroscience, educational reform and the potential of young people.

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    ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU

    13:37

    Stephen is a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon. He is also the current President of Carnegie Mellon's Film Club. He recently completed his Thesis Project within the School of Drama: a production of Mac Wellman's A Murder of Crows. He is currently working on creating a collective of Film Enthusiasts across Carnegie's Campus as well as other colleges and universities around Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Stephen and his talk on his website: stephentonti.com or follow his blog Caffeine, Nicotine, and ADHD: a guide to maintaining sanity.

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    Consciousness -- the final frontier | Dada Gunamuktananda | TEDxNoosa 2014

    18:33

    Dada Gunamuktananda: Yogi and Meditation Teacher
    Bio: Dada Gunamuktananda has trained in meditation, yoga and natural health sciences in Australia, the Philippines and India. He has been a meditation teacher of Ananda Marga since 1995 and has taught and lectured on meditation in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
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    Title: Consciousness : The Final Frontier
    Synopsis: The exploration of inner space, our own consciousness, is ultimately connected to our discovery of outer space. Just as the world becomes a smaller place with increase in communication and transport technology, so the universe becomes a smaller place with the increase in meditation technology!

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    Stereotypes -- funny because they are true | Katerina Vrana | TEDxThessaloniki

    15:41

    Stand-up comedian Katerina Vrana talks about stereotypes and makes us all believe that the reason that they are funny is that they are true. This 16 minutes performance has everything; from humor, inconvenient truths and family secrets, to the actress's plan for global domination. One thing is for sure: it will make you laugh wholeheartedly.

    Katerina Vrana was born and raised in Greece. She went to study in the UK and stayed there. As an actress, she has appeared in TV series in Greece, stage productions in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in short films in both Greece and the UK. As the well-known London arts magazine, Time Out, once reported Katerina Vrana sparkles on stage.

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    The beauty I see in algebra: Margot Gerritsen at TEDxStanford

    13:20

    Margot Gerritsen is a professor of energy resources engineering and the director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. After receiving her master's degree in applied mathematics in the Netherlands, Gerritsen moved to the United States in search of hillier and sunnier places. She received her doctorate in scientific computing and computational mathematics at Stanford, and later became a faculty member at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Gerritsen specializes in renewable and fossil energy production and in computational mathematics. She is also active in coastal ocean dynamics and yacht design.

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    The habits of highly boring people | Chris Sauve | TEDxCarletonU

    14:26

    Chris Sauve is a fourth year business student studying accounting and minoring in computer science. He has represented Carleton at case competitions. He is always looking to expedite how we do things, and make things better.

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    The hidden meanings in kids movies | Colin Stokes | TEDxBeaconStreet

    10:43

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    Watching The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars with his son and daughter made communications expert Colin Stokes wonder about the stories we celebrate. Thanks to a growing awareness of gender representation, the world is now safe for girls in armor - but is the hero journey we've gotten used to inherently limiting? This funny and thought-provoking talk from TEDxBeaconStreet will make you look twice at your favorite films.

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    Hackschooling makes me happy | Logan LaPlante | TEDxUniversityofNevada

    11:14

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    When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

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    One Of The Most Remarkable People In The World : Raghava KK at TEDxGateway

    13:53

    Raghava KK is a celebrated renowned Indian artist. CNN named him one of 10 remarkable people the world is yet to know of. He began his career in art as a newspaper cartoonist, and the cartoonist's bold line -- and dead-on eye for truth -- still powers his art. His work spans painting, sculpture, installation, film and performance, always linked by his challenging opinions on identity, conformity, gender, celebrity, ceremony.

    He shows in galleries and performance spaces around the world. He also spends much of his time teaching storytelling through art. Among his latest work is an Ipad book (POP-IT) that promotes multiple perspectives and empathy. He is a two time TED speaker. He lives and works out of New York.

    He has collaborated with world famous artists such as Paul Simon, Erykah Badu, Yann Vasnier (perfumer). He was invited to be on a BBC panel on creativity and spoken in conferences around the world. He teaches a course at NuVu Studios, an experimental education project of the MIT Media Labs in Cambridge MA.

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    Make your brain smarter: its not what you think: Sandra Chapman, Ph.D. at TEDxRockCreekPark

    11:19

    Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, founder and leader of the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas relates new scientific evidence that you literally can think your brain smarter and healthier. She debunks long-standing beliefs about what smart is and shares proven strategies to expand your brain span to more closely match the ever-increasing human lifespan. Whether you are young or old, Dr. Chapman will inspire you to test the limits of your own brain potential.
    Your brain is your greatest asset and natural resource. It is the most changeable part of your entire body. However, vastly more personal attention and effort are directed at improving physical health than at strengthening and regaining the highest level of brain performance. Dr. Chapman's research taps into the secret of making your brain smarter, harnessing the CEO of your brain performance - your frontal lobes. Her techniques show how to engage your frontal lobes, ignite your passion and learn to be strategic about the way you expend precious brain energy.
    From teens to corporate executives to warriors to healthy agers, as well as individuals with brain disease or injury, Dr. Chapman and her team at the Center for BrainHealth have created strategies to increase creativity, energy and focus for people of all ages. In the junior high school classroom, these strategies take a new approach to education and have improved teen reasoning ability, showing 30% gains in critical thinking across socioeconomic status. Business leaders who have embraced these healthy brain habits report increased innovation and their employees demonstrate greater productivity and efficiency. Former military service personnel have used these brain-training techniques to bridge barriers to returning to civilian society, making home life and work life markedly better. One veteran described his transformational experience as cognitive resurrection. Healthy agers and individuals debilitated by mild cognitive impairment, which is often the pre-cursor to Alzheimer's disease, showed increases in memory and other cognitive functions. Individuals with concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI) exhibited brain repair and improved cognitive performance, even years after injury.
    Dr. Chapman's dream is that you will act now to make an investment in your brain potential and build the cognitive reserves today to ensure that your best brain years are ahead of you, not behind you.

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    The scientific method is crap: Teman Cooke at TEDxLancaster

    13:52

    Teman Cooke hold a Ph.D. in theoretical physics but has no love for the scientific method. He explains a interesting alternative that will challenge your thinking.
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    The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

    15:54

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    Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One's Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in The Psychology of Self-Motivation.

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    The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU

    19:27

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    Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.

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    Alors on Danse | Stromae | TEDxBrussels

    10:32

    Stromae is a singer-songwriter of Belgian-Rwandan origin. He became famous overnight in 2009 when the music manager of NJR aired his first single. In a matter of weeks the sales of the album rose to number one in Belgium, and by May 2010 it reached number one in several countries.
    At TEDx Brussels he presented the procedure of the building up of his songs.

    @TEDxBrussels 2010

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    Hey Doc, some boys are born girls: Decker Moss at TEDxColumbus

    17:03

    When we're born, a doctor instantly deems us to be one of two things: Male or female. But gender isn't just between our legs. It's also between our ears. So, what happens when how we look on the outside clashes with how we feel on the inside? Do we settle? Do we change? And at the end of the day should gender really be as big a deal as society wants us think it is? In this talk Decker Moss explores these issues and more, as he struggled through not only one but two major gender-related transitions in his life.

    Recorded at TEDxColumbus on October 11, 2013 at COSI in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Why do we ask questions? Michael Vsauce Stevens at TEDxVienna

    17:35

    Michael Stevens the persona behind the YouTube sensation Vsauce, is an online personality with an entertaining approach to explaining the science behind seemingly ordinary, everyday phenomena. Michael's videos have been watched over 400 million times and Vsauce's 4.5 million subscribers continues to add an astonishing 15 thousand subscribers each day. Michael lives in London where he works for Google as an in-house consultant for other creators on the platform.
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    November 2, 2013 at Volkstheater Wien, Vienna, Austria.


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    Why I read a book a day : the law of 33% | Tai Lopez | TEDxUBIWiltz

    18:26

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

    In this talk, Tai Lopez reminds us that everyone wants the good life, but not everyone gets the good life because not everyone is willing to do what it takes.

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