29 Great TED Talks to Engage Your Brain

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One of the best ideas to come from the internet community is opensource.   Opensource software, and opensource learning.   Perhaps one of the best sites for opensource learning is If you have never heard of TED it is a site which shares ideas from people from all walks of life on how to make our life better with Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED).

I have chosen 29 videos which I have watched over the last few years which made me stop and think about the bigger picture.   Some are funny, some are educational, some are inspirational but every single one of them will engage your brain in some way.

I hope you enjoy them as I have over the last few years and feel free to post the links to your favourite ones.


29 Great TED Talks to Get You Thinking

Richard St. John's 8 secrets of success

Dan Pink the surpirsing science of motivation

Tony Robins on Motivation

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce

Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users

John Maeda on the simple life

Tim Brown on creativity and play

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow

Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

Richard Dawkins on our "queer" universe

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Aubrey de Grey says we can avoid aging

Nancy Etcoff on the surprising science of happiness

Helen Fisher tells us why we love + cheat

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?

Seth Godin on standing out

Daniel Goleman on compassion

Brian Greene on string theory

Sarah Jones as a one-woman global village

William Kamkwamba on building a windmill

Charles Leadbeater on innovation

Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks

Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything

Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.