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From the YouTube.com site re: TEDx Austin event: In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is defined by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question, how do you define yourself? Once labeled, “The Worlds Ugliest Woman,” Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness.  (Read More ...)

“And I just curdled with jealousy that year, until I hatched my devious plan.” From the Ted.com website: What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge. The Ted.com transcript of Parul Sehgal’s Ted Talk appears below the video. So when I was eight years old, a new girl came to join the class, and... (Read More ...)

“And I think, of those people who, for example, placed their savings with the very aptly named Mr. Madoff, who then made off with them, and I think of them, and I think, well, yes, too much trust.” From the Ted.com website: Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we’re suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected. The Ted.com transcript of Onora O’Neill’s... (Read More ...)

“…raise your hand if you’ve experienced relatively little stress. Anyone?“ From the Ted.com website: Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. The Ted.com transcript of Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk appears below the video. I... (Read More ...)

“This wasn’t ignorance. It was willful blindness.“ From the Ted.com website: Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.... (Read More ...)

“I have to tell you I’m both challenged and excited. My excitement is: I get a chance to give something back. My challenge is: the shortest seminar I usually do is 50 hours.“ Known as much for his humor (and occasional on-stage cuss words re: warning) as his life-altering seminars, world famous motivator, Tony Robbins enlightens us with the 6 human needs in this 2006 Ted Talks video. Noteworthy is the story of 9/11 near the end and the high-fiving of Al Gore as he walks offstage.  The Ted.com transcript of Robbin’s Ted Talk appears below the video. Thank you. I have to... (Read More ...)

“When I was seven years old, I saw my first public execution, but I thought my life in North Korea was normal.” So many of us take freedom for granted. Listen to this inspirational story of a brave young woman’s harrowing escape from North Korea.  The Ted.com transcript of her presentation appears below the video. When I was little, I thought my country was the best on the planet, and I grew up singing a song called “Nothing To Envy.” And I was very proud. In school, we spent a lot of time studying the history of Kim Il-Sung, but we never learned much about the outside... (Read More ...)

“I don’t have time for a stroke!” These were the words of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor who got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: she had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story as told in this Ted Talks inspirational video. The Ted.com script of her presentation appears below the video. I grew up to study the brain because I have a brother who has been diagnosed with a brain disorder: schizophrenia. And as a sister and later, as a scientist, I wanted to understand,... (Read More ...)