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You're Not Supposed To Be Here

Ben Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe hear so much about respecting boundaries that we tend to forget there's a world of difference between violating them and simply testing them. Every breakthrough -- whether in science, in art or in a one-on-one relationship -- involves crossing a boundary. And not all boundaries are as hard to cross as they seem.

The Evolution Of The Modern Day Tool

Gil Laroya | Posted 08.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Gil Laroya

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf the device works and works well, is there really a need to make it look nice? Technology has a new edge in today's products -- not only do they have to work, but they also have to make us look good using them.

From Disabled To Super-Abled: Redefining What It Means To Be Physically Challenged And Human

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAll of a sudden, being disabled is akin to taking performance-enhancing drugs. We able-bodied people have gone from sympathetic to threatened by these supposedly less-able athletes.

Regardless Of Ability, Beauty Is An Advantage

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Tony Phillips

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe esteem nothing as highly as appearance, and, in a society that judges on the most superficial terms, finding a woman beautiful in fake legs is not growth; it's logic.

WATCH: What Is A 'Sexy Body'? This Remarkable Model's Photos Are Redefining That Answer

TEDTalks | Posted 08.22.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

What if you could choose body parts like you choose a pair of shoes? And what if these prosthetics could help you do new things and express new parts of yourself? Aimee Mullins shares what she calls the poetry of prosthetics.

Malala's Inspiration

Robert Walker | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Robert Walker

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgChanging social norms is hard work, but changing age-old attitudes and behaviors in poor, remote areas is particularly difficult. While we are inspired by Malala and her dad, many in rural Pakistan still find the idea of empowering girls to be dangerous and repugnant.

What Adolescent Girls Around The World Can Teach Us

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Yasmeen Hassan

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGirls enabled to grow up to reach their full potential have the power to change the world for the better. Investing in girls and building their protective assets is one of the best investments we can make for a safer, more sustainable and peaceful world.

Our Fathers, The Strident Feminists

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Kolleen Bouchane

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgForget about the biology of it for second (that was mom's job), my dad never let on that he thought there was a difference in when I could speak, how I could learn, what choices I should have or what I should be allowed to achieve and contribute with my life. My dad never questioned that I would grow up to be his equal, to be the equal of my brothers. To my dad, my value as an equal to boys and men was a basic truth.

WATCH: Want To Raise A Confident Daughter? A Dad From One Of The World's Most Oppressive Countries Shares A Powerful Lesson

TEDTalks | Posted 08.15.2014 | TED Weekends
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When she was 15 years old, Malala Yousafzai dared to speak out against the Taliban. Her father offers a window into a world where girls aren't allowed to leave the house, let alone speak their minds -- and he makes a plea for change.

Uncovering Meaning Through Puzzles And Art

Blair Schulman | Posted 08.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Blair Schulman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhile Kwong may have been overly eager to show his hand to the audience, his points are valid. Humans enjoy both order and chaos of varying degrees. But it is the line between these poles that we really seem to desire; therein lies the journey of exploration and deciding what to do with this experience that really keeps us on our toes.

Why Do We Love Multitasking? Because We're Wired To Make Order Out Of Chaos

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Holly Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgKwong is right: people are born puzzle solvers. I've been inspired by how enthusiastically my children have learned language, absorbed math, mastered technology, become skilled athletes, and fallen in love. Life for them--for all of us--is an infinite variety of puzzles about what it means to be human and live in this world successfully.

Watch This Magician's Mind-Bending Illusion Very Closely.. It Makes Order Out Of Chaos

TEDTalks | Posted 08.08.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Magician and New York Times crossword puzzle wizard David Kwong says we're wired to solve puzzles and make order out of chaos -- and he's got a trick to prove it.

WATCH: He's Related To Obama, Clinton And Einstein.. Here's How To Know If You Are Too

TEDTalks | Posted 08.01.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Could you be cousins with Barack Obama? What about Gwyneth Paltrow or Albert Einstein? It's entirely possible. Find out why we're all more connected than you might think.

Overcoming The Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | Posted 07.28.2014 | TED Weekends
Jackson Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWarehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.

The Power Of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Timothy P. Silard

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).

Redemption And The War On Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Heather Ann Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Tara Oakman | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Tara Oakman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?

WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
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Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.

Are You Human? Take This Simple Test To Find Out

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.18.2014 | Comedy

Ze Frank knows how to connect to humans. In his latest TED talk, Frank asks a crowd a series of questions to connect them to their humanness. The q...

When We Explore The Deep Sea, We Are Exploring For Our Own Survival

Greg Stone | Posted 07.18.2014 | TED Weekends
Greg Stone

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHealthy oceans can help ease the increasing burden our population is placing on this planet, but we need to be able to explore, observe and learn about the oceans in their entirety in order to protect and conserve them effectively.

WATCH: How A Team Of Deep-Sea Explorers Found One Of The Ocean's Most Elusive Creatures

TEDTalks | Posted 07.18.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Humans have been looking for the giant squid ever since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film -- until now.

A Positive Attitude Is Much More Than A Smile

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPeople with positive attitudes get mad, just like anyone else, and they don't spend their days with a smile plastered on their faces covering up their frustrations. A positive attitude is someone who is proactive, who finds a desire within themselves to create positive change.

How I Found Inspiration In The Typical

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWil is not typical because he has 47 chromosomes, while all the other children in his classroom have 46. In other words, Wil has Down syndrome, and his classmates do not. Seeger is not typical, because it's not common to hear kids share these everyday types of conversations with Wil.

I Look At You, And I Am Inspired Only For My Son

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Seidman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI find inspiration in teens and adults with cerebral palsy doing everyday things. If I saw an adult with cerebral palsy in a pool swimming, I'd be psyched. I am inspired because of the hope they give me that Max will do the same when he is older.

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

Jess Wilson | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBrooke is not inspiring because she is autistic. She is inspiring because she lives her life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance.