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WATCH: This Talk Will Make You Question How Much You Really Know About Everything

(63) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Stories make us who we are. In this inspiring talk, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully conveys the importance of seeking out many stories from different points of view to form our understanding of the world. TED Weekends has brought you more than 100 stories since it began in 2012. This...

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WATCH: Calling All Introverts! It's Okay If You're Not A Social Butterfly. In Fact It Could Be A Good Thing

(81) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Why does the world seem to celebrate schmoozers, and what might we be missing when we assume quieter people have nothing worth saying? This persuasive talk from author (and self-proclaimed introvert) Susan Cain will leave you questioning your assumptions about what makes a good leader, and you may see the...

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WATCH: This Sister's Tribute To Her Autistic Brothers Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Be Different

(28) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Faith Jegede speaks passionately about the beauty of being different in this short, inspiring ode to her two autistic brothers. Forget being normal, she says: Be extraordinary.

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WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

(133) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM

How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?

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

(124) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM

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.

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

(34) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM

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.

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

(163) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM

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.

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

(119) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM

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.

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

(442) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM

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.

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

(333) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:00 AM

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.

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WATCH: This May Be The Single Greatest Lie We've All Been Sold About Disability

(178) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Being disabled doesn't automatically make you a noble inspiration to all humanity, says Stella Young. In this very funny talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."

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WATCH: Stories You Won't Believe From Some Of The World's Dirtiest Jobs

(340) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Are people who do physically demanding, not-afraid-to-get-dirty jobs like farming, mining and sheep castration (yes, you read that right) the happiest people on earth? So says Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." See if he changes your mind about what it means to be happy at work.

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WATCH: A Shark-Deterrent Wetsuit (And It's Not What You Think)

(203) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Ocean swimmer Hamish Jolly wished there was a wetsuit that could keep sharks at bay -- so he invented one. Find out how he did it, and how you could apply the same techniques to create an innovation of your own.

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WATCH: Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You

(142) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Are you sharing more than you mean to online? Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how the simple act of "liking" something on social media reveals more personal information about you than you'd think. Is this what privacy looks like in the digital age - or is there another way?

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WATCH: This Ex-Officer's Haunting, Powerful Words About Suicide Could Save Someone's Life

(112) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

If you saw someone on the verge of suicide, would you know what to say? As a patrolman on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Briggs helped bring many people back from the brink. In this moving talk, he gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones...

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WATCH: Her Online Dating Strategy May Seem Insane.. Until You See The Results

(47) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Online dating sites are supposed to help you find your perfect match - but for Amy Webb, all they helped her find were duds. Her grandmother said she was being too picky, but Webb knew there had to be a better way. So she came up with her own approach...

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WATCH: These Profound Images Are For Anyone Who's Ever Felt Invisible

(29) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Chinese artist Liu Bolin can disappear into everything from famous landmarks to the rows of instant noodles at the supermarket. The question is: Why? By going invisible, what does he help you see?

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WATCH: 5 Wildly Viral TED Talks That Will Show You The Power Of Courage

(13) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM

We've pulled together five of the most-watched TED talks from this year as voted by you, our loyal TEDWeekends audience. On the surface, they seem so different. But each speaker is an outsider spreading a common idea -- the best way to find courage in this world is to embrace...

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WATCH: These Mind-Bending Photos Show The Reach Of The Human Imagination

(29) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM

How do you think he does it? Photo wizard Erik Johansson reveals the secrets behind his mind-bending images, which use retouching to blend real photos into imagined scenes. You'll never look at reality the same way again.

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WATCH: For 8 Years, She Convinced The World She Was A Boy. Now, She's Making Us Rethink Sexuality

(289) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM

What if most of us aren't "gay" or "straight," but somewhere in between? Artist and activist iO Tillett Wright makes a passionate case for accepting the complexity of individuality -- without making anybody feel like a second-class citizen. If her words don't persuade you, the images she shares just might.

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