I’d never heard of the Ted Talks until about 6 months ago, but since then I’ve been downloading and watching a lot of the podcast episodes. In fact, I’m slowly going back through the archive to catch up on older talks.
They are fascinating! A great many of them have really caught my interest, but today’s post is prompted by this one (warning — that page seems to start immediately loading a video): Vilayanur Ramachandran: A journey to the center of your mind:
In a wide-ranging talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. … The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
It’s powerful stuff.