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Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

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How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

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How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

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What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

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