This is an interesting video about how do we respond to music.
Be it Elliott Smith or Queen, classical or dub step, there’s usually a clear understanding that some songs are sad, and some songs are happy.But what is it about the music that makes us feel these feelings we’re feeling?
You might think it has something to do with the notes or how our brain’s natural response to these sounds, but you’re wrong. Or at the very least incomplete in your thinking. We’ve just been culturally trained to respond to music in certain ways because if you ignore the lyrics, music itself doesn’t actually contain any emotion at all.
This is a video from TED about exploring the making space using out imagination in sculpture.
Legendary sculptor Antony Gormley riffs on space and the human form.
His works explore the interior space we feel within our own bodies — and the exterior space we feel around us, knowing that we are just dots in space and time.
In our current state of technology computers can’t solve all problems. We as humans must help them by changing our relation with them.
Brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.
This is a RSA video about the impact of networks in our society and economy.
Economist and author Paul Ormerod argues that we need more than just ‘nudge’ theory in our networked, urban societies — we also need to grasp the perils and possibilities of ‘Positive Linking’.
Sitting is apparently not so good to our health, so Nilofer Merchant has an interesting idea in this TED talk.
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
A short video from TedEd about different types of heroes.
What can some of literature’s most famous heroes teach us?
From the epic hero (like Beowulf) to the tragic hero (like Oedipus), each has something distinctive to share. April Gudenrath describes the many faces of the fictional hero — and shows how they can inspire everyday people.
This is an interesting story from TED about photography and what it evokes.
Economics PhD only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession.
His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world’s forgotten people and places.
In this interesting TED video we take a look into our digital lives, the Internet, tattoos and privacy.
What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long?
In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”