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The Best of Ted Talks

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwaySo here are a few of the best Ted Talks from recent memory.  If you haven’t seen Ted Talks before, make sure you check out their site because it is the best site on the internet (if you disagree, show me one better).  It is essentially videos of experts in their fields talking about what is important to them, be it culture, oceanography, education, music, arts, etc.  So, here it is, my personal top five Ted Talks (which I have seen, and not yet covered):

5. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

4. Amber Case: We Are All Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

3. Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

2. Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love With a Fish

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

1. Sylvia Earle’s TED Prize Wish to Protect Our Oceans

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

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A Quote by Stephen Colbert

“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”

Stephen Colbert, via Dave

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Yale – Free Online Video Courses

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayFor those of you who frequent this site, you may have noticed something about me.  I love to learn.  I love to learn because it expands my knowledge of this crazy world we live in.  I love to learn because now a days knowledge is literally power, and because knowledge is now available free to the every man, which means we the people, with only a little effort, can be truly powerful.

Here is an ironic fact, I have learned more on the internet than I ever learned in college.  And the what I find on the net is not increasing in price by 25% a year.

In the ’60’s people opened their minds with LSD, today people prefer that their minds remain closed while they watch television.  Be strange, be weird, turn off that damned TV now and then and learn something.

Here’s a good way to start.  Free Yale Courses. You don’t have to pay a penny, and you too can receive one of the greatest educations that this planet has to offer.  You wont get that expensive slip of paper, but that’s all bureaucracy anyway, it’s the learnin’ that’s important.

They have free courses in Astronomy , Biomedical Engineering , Chemistry , Classics , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , Economics , English , History , History of Art , Italian Language and Literature , Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology , Music , Philosophy , Physics , Political Science , Psychology , and  Religious Studies .

My advice, take is slow and take one class at a time, one or two lectures a week.  No need to rush, but as long as you are even passively participating, you are progressing, and life is all about progression.

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Ted Talks: Writers

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S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayLast week I highlighted a few musicians from Ted, my favorite web site on all of the internet, if you haven’t yet checked it out, be sure to.  Just watching one video from Ted a day will make you more educated, informed, cultured, and perhaps interesting in casual conversation.

Over the past week, I went back through some of my favorite ted talks by writers or about writing, and I have found the three best ones out there, one which was posted just this week.  These videos can be a bit long, so I’ll put them in order of length so that you can judge your time wisely.

This first video is of poet Suheir Hammad.  To describe the power of this video, allow me to share this brief anecdote.  While watching Ted Talks, I’m often doing other things at the same time, such as cleaning or doing the dishes, menial tasks so I can stay focused on the speaker but be productive at the same time.  While listening to Suheir Hammad, I literally stopped in my tracks because it took my breath away.  It was the feeling that you get when someone describes something perfectly that you’ve been feeling but were unable to articulate.  This video is special, heart breaking, and hopeful, all at once.  Don’t miss it.

This video is of the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, whom I have never read but I probably should.  She discusses the phenomenal success she achieved early in her career, and the stress involved in living up to that success.  She also discusses the idea of a genius in the ancient sense, which is facinating.

And last we have J.K Rowling talking about failure.  Ironic, I know, she having written the world wide movement that is Harry Potter.  For those of you who love her, this video will inspire you, she feels very down to earth and she goes into her past, back before she had more money than the Queen of England.  For those of you who don’t like her writing, I still suggest you listen.  She only discusses Harry Potter minimally, and her life before he success is fascinating.

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