Tag Archives: TEDTalks

How reliable is your memory? | Elizabeth Loftus

I’d like to tell you about a legal case that I worked on involving a man named Steve Titus. Titus was a restaurant manager. He was 31 years old, he lived in Seattle, Washington, he was engaged to Gretchen, about to be married, she was the love of his life. And one night, the couple… Read More »

How a dragonfly’s brain is designed to kill | DIY Neuroscience, a TED series

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz Greg Gage: If I asked you to think of a ferocious killer animal, you’d probably think of a lion, and for all the wonderful predatory skills that a lion has, it still only has about a 20 percent success rate at catching a meal. Now, one of the most… Read More »

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel

Why do we cheat? And why do happy people cheat? And when we say “infidelity,” what exactly do we mean? Is it a hookup, a love story, paid sex, a chat room, a massage with a happy ending? Why do we think that men cheat out of boredom and fear of intimacy, but women cheat… Read More »

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives and not being able to. And I was just a little kid, so I didn’t really understand why, but as I got older, I realized we had drug addiction in my family, including later cocaine addiction. I’d been thinking about… Read More »

The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown

So, I’ll start with this: a couple years ago, an event planner called me because I was going to do a speaking event. And she called, and she said, “I’m really struggling with how to write about you on the little flyer.” And I thought, “Well, what’s the struggle?” And she said, “Well, I saw… Read More »

You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in prison and the death penalty, they base their decision largely on… Read More »

Questioning the universe | Stephen Hawking

There is nothing bigger or older than the universe. The questions I would like to talk about are: one, where did we come from? How did the universe come into being? Are we alone in the universe? Is there alien life out there? What is the future of the human race? Up until the 1920s,… Read More »

What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

A few days after my husband Paul was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, we were lying in our bed at home, and Paul said, “It’s going to be OK.” And I remember answering back, “Yes. We just don’t know what OK means yet.” Paul and I had met as first-year medical students at Yale.… Read More »

Letting go of God | Julia Sweeney

On September 10, the morning of my seventh birthday, I came downstairs to the kitchen, where my mother was washing the dishes and my father was reading the paper or something, and I sort of presented myself to them in the doorway, and they said, “Hey, happy birthday!” And I said, “I’m seven.” And my… Read More »