Laura Anson

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How I use art to bridge misunderstanding

Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but …

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by …

Critical Thinking

Using technology to address gender bias in film

New research offers hard data on gender disparities in film. How might the characters we see on-screen affect the roles we play in society?<p>When they …

Science can answer moral questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be …

The danger of hiding who you are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to …

How CRISPR lets us edit our DNA

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make …

What are the ethics of using young blood to reverse the effects of aging?

In June, Stanford biologist Tony Wyss-Coray took the TED stage to describe no less than “an absolutely amazing development in aging research” (How …

How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In …

The psychology of evil

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib …

Great Big Story

Robert Lang is a physicist who worked at NASA studying lasers and has 46 patents on optoelectronics to his name. However, that's not what he's best …

How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our World

Once you learn numbers, it’s hard to unwrap your brain from their embrace. They seem natural, innate, something all humans are born with. But when …

Mathematics

TED-Ed

TED-Ed. 5,166,448 likes · 295,605 talking about this. TED-Ed is TED's education initiative. Our mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great …

TED-Ed

The invention of ‘heterosexuality’

One hundred years ago, people had a very different idea of what it means to be heterosexual. Understanding that shift in thinking can tell us a lot about fluid sexual identities today, argues Brandon Ambrosino.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our</i> …

Sexuality

The Sunday Newsletter: Faith & Skepticism - The New Yorker

Faith & Skepticism<p>Faith is a mystery, both to those who have it and those who don’t. It’s also one of the most powerful forces in the world—aesthetically, politically, morally, and personally. This week, we’ve brought together some of our favorite pieces about faith from <i>The New Yorker’s</i> archive. …

The Viceroy’s House version of India’s partition brings fake history to screen

Imagine a film about the Holocaust where a character pulls open a drawer, pulls out a document and reveals that 6 million deaths aren’t the fault of Hitler but of … Mussolini.<p>Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’<p>Read more<p>True, this isn’t …

India

What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

Walk half a city block in downtown Washington, and there is a good chance that you will pass an economist. People with advanced training in the field shape policy on subjects as varied as how health care is provided, broadcast licenses auctioned or air pollution regulated.<p>Turn on cable news, and …

Economics

Aboriginal people – how to misunderstand their science

Just one generation ago Australian schoolkids were taught that Aboriginal people couldn’t count beyond five, wandered the desert scavenging for food, …

How to revive a 500-year-old dying language

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/flv_avc1_high/modav/bUnknown-5597aa99-381e-467f-9dbc-d87cb51a21cb_p04x51qs_1489757420155.mp4?__gda__=1527222660_acddfc58f33899e5f595330662933346<p><b>Until two years ago, university student Kevin Martens Wong had never even heard of his ancestral tongue, let alone</b> …

Language

Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings must focus on his views on religious freedom.

Senate Democrats are having a tricky time finding a solid toehold in their resistance to Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch, the Supreme Court nominee whose …

Tolerance isn’t the goal—truth is.

In a somber speech to its board of trustees delivered on Feb. 21, Stanford University’s ex-provost John Etchemendy warned that intolerance is the …

Why is Long Term Memory So Important for Learning?

Long term memory is the ability to both store and recall information for later use. For example, the ease we have in spelling our first name vs. our …

The Brain

Antes de la colonia, los nativos americanos reconocían 5 géneros

No fue hasta que los europeos tomaran América del Norte que las tribus nativas de esa región adoptaron la idea de los roles de género como una …

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Creative by Nature<i>“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop</i> …

Standardized Testing

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward

When most people think of a secure mental health unit, they don’t tend to picture it decorated with artwork by award-winning artists and patients.<p>A psychiatric ward housing patients with schizophrenia in Springfield University hospital in Tooting, London, however, has undergone an artistic …

Mental Health

The artist's dilemma: If my art is beautiful, will it still be considered great?

When the human condition is so harsh, can art afford to be pretty?<p>An occupational hazard visual artists face these days is making work that might …

Aesthetics