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Chris Anderson answers questions like “What’s the fairest criticism of TED”?

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Earlier today, TED curator Chris Anderson sat down for an online Q&A with the readers of They asked a wide variety of questions, from “What’s your favorite TEDTalk of all time?” to “What will TED look like in 10 years?” Here, some highlights pulled from the discussion.

What’s your favorite TED talk of all time?

Chris: Hard question. There are so many. But today I’ll go with this one from physicist David Deutsch. He asks a really strange question: What would a typical place in the universe look like? By the time he’s done you won’t ever think of yourself and the earth and knowledge quite the same again.

How do you pick the people to give TED talks?

Chris: Crowd wisdom, mostly. Thousands of suggestions.

What’s the fairest criticism of TED?

Chris: Ouch! Let’s see. Well… in a few recent talks, TED speakers have been accused of…

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Calling all teens: Become a data detective

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Just by living our plugged-in lives, each of us is producing a constant stream of data. Little snippets are left behind of what we search, what we buy, where we go, what we tweet … This endless flow of numbers is referred to as “big data,” data sets so large that they require sophisticated parsing to give them meaning. But big data has the potential to tell us a lot about ourselves — unearthing patterns in information flow, energy consumption, weather patterns, disease spread, education trends, and more.

At first glance, big data may not sound like a topic for teenagers. But TED speaker Rick Smolan is on a mission to make it not just accessible but fun. Smolan — who held a conference called The Human Face of Big Data in New York City a few weeks ago featuring TED alums Juan Enriquez, Deb Roy, Esther Dyson

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The 10 coolest things that have happened at TEDActive

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TEDActive is like TED, only with a few buttons loosened and its hair let down. An annual simulcast of the TED conference held two hours away in Palm Springs, California, TEDActive is for those who treasure ideas and want to immerse themselves in them. Last year, TEDActive participants journeyed to Joshua Tree to take sound baths, went on a bike tour of local vintage stores on a scavenger hunt and gave their own short TED talks during an open-to-anyone event fittingly called TEDYou.

As registration for TEDActive 2013 begins, with the theme “The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered,” we thought we’d take a look back at some of the great moments from TEDActives past. Below, 10 highlights.

Artist Kiehl Johnson taught the incredible “Everyone’s an Architect” workshop at TEDActive 2012, but attendees participating in the Urbanization Project took the workshop one step further and rigged LED lights…

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Video: Watch TED’s Chris Anderson on ‘CBS This Morning’

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Early this morning TED’s Curator, Chris Anderson, appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about the TED Talks phenomenon, as we get close to a major milestone: one billion views.

If you weren’t awake, or don’t have access to American morning television, watch the segment right here >>

And watch for some special announcements around the one billionth view …

PS: And yes, it was odd that all the TED Talks excerpted in this segment were by, with respect, the gentlemen. After you watch the segment, may we suggest this playlist of TED Talks about science, math and engineering from women scientists and writers.

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The 20 most-watched TEDx talks so far

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X certainly marks the spot.

The TEDx program was launched in 2009 to bring the mission of spreading ideas to the local level, with independent organizers curating their own events for their own communities. This week, the program is celebrating many milestones. Not only did yesterday mark the 5,000th TEDx event — this week also brings the 20,000th TEDxTalk.

So which of these many talks has proved the most popular? From baby geniuses and an 11-year-old food activist to the secret of living to 100, we have counted our views from and Youtube to bring you our 20 most-watched TEDx talks to date.

  1. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (filmed at TEDxPugetSound in 2009):
  2. Brené Brown discusses the power of vulnerability (filmed at TEDxHouston in 2010):
  3. Shawn Achor gives us the happy secret to better work (filmed at TEDxBloomington in 2011):
  4. Thomas…

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Comensalidade: passagem do animal ao humano

Leonardo Boff

A especificidade do ser humano surgiu de forma misteriosa e de difícil reconstituição histórica. Mas há indícios de que há sete milhões de anos partir de um ancestral comum teria começado a separação lenta e progressiva entre os símios superiores e os humanos.

Etnobiólogos e arqueólogos nos acenam para um fato singular. Quando nossos antepassados antropóides saíam a recoletar frutos, sementes, caças e peixes não comiam individualmente. Tomavam os alimentos e os levavam ao grupo. E aí praticavam a comensalidade, o que significa: distribuíam os alimentos entre si  e comiam-nos comunitariamente. Esta comensalidade permitiu o salto da animalidade em direção à humanidade. Essa pequena diferença faz toda uma diferença.

O que ontem nos fez humanos, continua ainda hoje a fazer-nos de novo humanos. E se não estiver presente, nos fazemos desumanos, cruéis e sem piedade. Não é esta, lamentavelmente, a situação da humanidade atual?

Um elemento, produtor de humanidade, estreitamente…

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6 highly unusual schools

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Eddie-Obeng-at-TEDGlobal-2013At TEDGlobal, educator Eddie Obeng highlighted a disconcerting thought — that the answers we learned in school aren’t necessarily true anymore.

[ted_talkteaser id=1580]“This is what happened to us in the 21st century — someone changed the rules about how our world works,” says Obeng in this energetic talk. “The way to successfully run a business, an organization, even a country has been deleted. Flipped! There’s a completely new set of rules in operation … My simple idea is that the real 21st century around us isn’t so obvious to us, so instead we spend our time responding rationally to a world we understand but which no longer exists.”

In the past 40 years, the world’s population has doubled. Meanwhile, large tracts of people have settled in cities, and the Internet has greatly deepened the density of interaction among us. “The pace of change overtakes the pace of learning,” says…

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New exhibit explores design for the public good

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Good design isn’t just about making a great-looking colander. Good design can actually improve our lives, both individually and collectively.

In the new Autodesk Gallery exhibit “Public Interest Design: Products, Places & Processes,” curators Courtney E. Martin and John Cary showcase 12 projects that were designed with the common good in mind. Of the four objects, four places and four systems on display, many are the work of TED speakers and TED Fellows. (As is the exhibit itself, in fact: Watch Martin’s TEDTalk, “Reinventing feminism.”)

Gallery-goers will find Jane Chen’s Embrace Nest, a low-cost portable incubator designed to save the lives of premature babies in the developing world, where it’s estimated that 450 preemies die every hour. Yves Béhar’s fuseproject design group is included for its initiative “See Better to Learn Better,” which helps students in Mexico design their own low-cost eyeglasses to…

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A transportation app that plans your route, with coffee pick-up, wins City 2.0 award

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Navigating around big cities is rarely easy. Subway systems are generally crowded and unreliable, taxis are often expensive and prone to gridlock and bike lanes remain underdeveloped in too many urban areas.

But Sara Cantor and George Aye, the founders of Chicago’s Greater Good Studio, have an idea to make getting around their city at least a little bit easier. Aye, a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago and former designer for the Chicago Transit Authority, and Cantor, a professor of design and former research director at Information Architects, are working on an app they hope will greatly improve on HopStop. They are currently designing a transportation app that will not only remind users of line closures, but will show them where to pick up a coffee along their route or remind them to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. The app they envision…

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Deus,esse desconhecido conhecido

Leonardo Boff

 Nos dias 5 e 6 de outubro em Assis realizou-se mais uma edição do “Átrio dos Gentios”, iniciativa do Pontifício Conselho para a Cultura do Vaticano, voltada para a questão de Deus. O Presidente da Itália, Giorgio Napolitano e o Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, à frente do Conselho e famoso exegeta bíblico, fizeram um diálogo instigante sobre “Deus, esse desconhecido”.

Com o “Átrio dos Gentios” faz-se um esforço de levar ao diálogo crentes e não crentes. O Átrio era o espaço ao redor do templo de Jerusalém acessível aos gentios (pagãos) que, de resto, jamais poderiam de entrar no templo. Agora procura-se tirar os interditos para que todos possam aceder ao templo.

A este propósito me permito uma reflexão que me acompanha ao largo de toda a vida de teólogo: pensar Deus para além das objetivações religiosas (metafísicas) e procurar interpretá-lo como Mistério sempre desconhecido e, ao mesmo tempo, sempre conhecido…

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