Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TED Talks

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

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). Their website makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

Here is a lecture of a really animated Richard Dawkins talking about Militant Athiesm, or if that's not your cup of tea browse their speakers for one you'd prefer:

1 comment:

Plisko said...

I am not a fan of religion because I believe it is mostly political ambition in disguise. I'm also a believer in evolution. I agree that the modern Christian God is a kindergarten concept that is more like Santa Clause than a being capable of creating the universe.

That said, I don't think a teapot or the tooth fairy are remotely close to the great mystery of life. It is kind of stunning how trivial this mystery must be to someone who compares them with a straight face.

I also think that the more intelligent people are, the more arrogant they get about having the answers and this arrogance allows them to project, with confidence, new answers, or new non answers, onto the universe that haven't been found yet.