Best of TEDx Talks

Getting excited for the big event? Not sure what to expect? Luckily, there are plenty of TEDx talks on YouTube to get you ready for the big day. There’s even a curated Best of TEDxTalks.

Here are a few from around the world that might peak your interest:

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood (TEDxBeaconStreet)
“When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.”

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. (TEDxMidAtlantic)
“Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.”

Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth (TEDxSydney)
“In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile.”

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school (TEDxMidAtlantic)
“Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women.”

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay (TEDxWomen)
“Photographer iO Tillett Wright grew up between genders and sexualities. She’s shot 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LBGTQ spectrum and asked many: can they assign a percentage to how gay or straight they are? Most people consider themselves to exist in the grey areas of sexuality, which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination. Because where do you draw the line?”

Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory (TEDxBoston)
“Can we edit the content of our memories? It’s a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but — more importantly — why they do this.”

John Searle: Our shared condition — consciousness (TEDxCERN)
“Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness — and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation.”

James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world? (TEDxZurich)
“James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system — say, a swarm of birds — is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.”

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