This episode: ideas about why the search might be more important than what you find.
How far would you go to find something that's just out of reach, or maybe not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea creatures and distant aliens.
We all know we're going to die, but it's one of the few human experiences we don't like talking about. How can we change that?
It's hard to accept that everyone eventually dies. How can we better understand death as a part of life? In this episode, TED speakers contemplate the end of life with wisdom and humor.
How can our bad behavior be used for good?
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.
How can we all find ways to be courageous?
What does it mean to be courageous? Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice? This hour, TED speakers examine the nature of courage and what it takes to risk everything to do the right thing.
"Efficiency, security — they are important and they make a city accessible," says computer scientist Daniele Quercia, "but they don't make a city great." So, what does?
Cities are among our greatest experiments in human co-habitation. Do they also hold the answers to some of our biggest problems? This hour, TED speakers explore how cities can change the world.
Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED speakers suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.
What does it mean to believe?
In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout.
Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."
From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars — why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? This hour, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey.
It's possible for even the most chaotic systems to be organized. Sometimes in ways that would never occur to us.
Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements.
"I don't think compassion is an option for us. It's essential for the survival of our species" — Karen Armstrong
Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future.
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