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  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

      “Physics opens windows through which we see far into the distance. What we see does not cease to astound us. We realize that we are full of prejudices and that our intuitive image of the world is partial, parochial, inadequate.” Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy…

  • The Importance of our Ability to Connect

    The Importance of our Ability to Connect

    In the last month I welcomed the impossibility of publishing here every day as I have for the past ten years. Maybe you missed reading the articles daily. I missed the process of writing them. Maybe because of the publishing choices I make we have developed a connection, even though we never met. Anyone who…

  • Developing Trust through Connection

    Developing Trust through Connection

    Purpose is something we each find in different ways. It comes from inside ourselves. We connect with it when we trust ourselves, our skills, our ability to make decisions, to use what we know and build upon it as we do things, and the sense that we can communicate and connect with others. Many people…

  • The Art of Receiving

    The Art of Receiving

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” [Winston Churchill] A paragraph in an old Ode magazine article about the art of receiving is a good reminder of the give and take in relationships. It says, “Receiving isn’t easy. If it were, more of us would…

  • How Will we Measure Our Lives?

    How Will we Measure Our Lives?

    We make the most important decisions about life every single day. How do we go about deciding? Is there a thought-out reason behind the plan, or do we go for the easiest choice? Say we are not a deeply spiritual person, we live in the secular dimension, what are our guiding principles? If there ever…

  • The Power of Emotion and Big Ideas

    The Power of Emotion and Big Ideas

    Louie Schwartzberg's stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on gratitude (Filmed at TEDxSF.) He says: You think that this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you. Today. It’s given to…

  • Yes, Virgina, There is a Santa Claus

    Yes, Virgina, There is a Santa Claus

    In 1897 eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church. It was her father who encouraged her to do so. Her question was simple — does Santa Claus really exist? The letter says: Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there…

  • How to Think About Diversity

    How to Think About Diversity

    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” [Plato] Diversity is not just thinking about why women continue to be edited out, or groups that don't consider anyone other than the usual suspects, or issues with age up and down the spectrum. It's a term that captures the differences in perception we…

  • How Books can Expand our Mind

    How Books can Expand our Mind

    Lisa Bu was born and raised in Hunan, China. Before joining TED in 2011, she spent seven years as a talk show producer and a digital media content director at Wisconsin Public Radio. She's also a computer programmer, with a PhD in journalism and an MBA in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as…

  • How Our Behaviors and Activities Control the Growth of New Cells

    How Our Behaviors and Activities Control the Growth of New Cells

    Sandrine Thuret studies the way adult brains create new nerve cells in the hippocampus — a brain area involved in memory and mood. Her work is focused on answering two big questions: How can we help our healthy brains create new nerve cells throughout our lives, through diet and behavior changes? How can we study…