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Before public speaking… Top TED Talks of 2016. On coming out. Lidia Yuknavitch: The beauty of being a misfit. After watching this, your brain will not be the same. Adam Foss: A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system. Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue. Jessica Ladd: The reporting system that sexual assault survivors want. Magda Sayeg: How yarn bombing grew into a worldwide movement. Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation. The Street Medicine Movement. How to learn from mistakes. Drugs, "thugs," and other things we're taught to fear.

Regina Hartley: Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume. The key to transforming yourself. The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life: Adam Braun at TEDxColumbiaCollege. Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): The Law of 33% Kaki King: A musical escape into a world of light and color. Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden. The philosopher Karl Jaspers said that Confucius, Jesus, Socrates, and the Buddha were similar in that each was an “axial figure” in one of the world’s great philosophical or religious traditions, yet we know almost no indisputable facts about any of them.

Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden

Consequently, almost everything about the life of Confucius (as with Jesus, Socrates, or the Buddha) is controversial. Most of the quotations you hear attributed to Confucius are made up. Consequently, if you want to know what Confucius actually said, read him yourself. One of the most influential translations of the Analects was by the Victorian-era missionary James Legge. You can read Legge’s translation alongside the original Chinese text online. Confucius’s lifetime was in the Spring and Autumn Period, an era in which China was divided into a number of states vying for supremacy. Along with Buddhism and Daoism, Confucianism is one of the Three Teachings of China, its three most influential religious and philosophical systems. Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before. From life to death, beyond and back. Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity. Overcoming hopelessness - Nick Vujicic at TEDxNoviSad.

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person. Nancy Frates: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge. Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one. Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking. Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself. Matthew O'Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer. The Gift of Near Death: Lewis Brown Griggs at TEDxAmericanRiviera 2012.

Suicide, a tough subject but everybody's business: Avril Quinn at TEDxUCC. How memories form and how we lose them - Catharine Young. Memory: It isn’t just something, it's everything.

How memories form and how we lose them - Catharine Young

And although scientists have pursued and puzzled over it for centuries, a definitive explanation of the actual memory process still eludes us--partly because our brain is so incredibly complex (it is made up of approximately 90 billion cells after all!). Let’s take a look at the basic neuroanatomy elements, which makes memory possible. Brain cells, called neurons are the core component of the nervous system and have the remarkable ability to communicate with each other and transfer information. They are able to accomplish through a process called synaptic transmission. Neurons release specialized proteins called neurotransmitters that travel through the space connecting each other together called synapses, and bind to specific proteins called receptors. In order for new memory formation to occur, information needs to undergo certain processes.

Memory can go through several different stages before it stored long-term. Depression and spiritual awakening. Candy Chang: Before I die I want to... Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death. Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave? Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? Iwan Baan: Ingenious homes in unexpected places. Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America. Rich Benjamin: My road trip through the whitest towns in America. Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive. Suki Kim: This is what it's like to teach in North Korea. Shine a light on modern day slavery: Lisa Kristine at TEDxOrangeCoast.

Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death. The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus. Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law. Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion. Diane Benscoter: How cults rewire the brain. Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test. Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful. Give thanks. Talks to restore your faith in humanity. Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy. Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world. Slow down! Enjoy life. Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up. Talks to remind you that life goes on. Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things.

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler. Want to read the Allegory of the Cave in its complete format?

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler

Go to this site and get started. To better understand the allegory’s larger context, try reading the rest of The Republic by Plato and these classic lectures. Then, check out this modern scientific interpretation of what it tells us about human knowledge. Michael Norton: How to buy happiness. Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions. Why Do We Have To Sleep? Lessons from the Mental Hospital. TEDxJacksonHole - Juan Martinez - The New Nature Movement. What makes you happy? Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela. Stand up to bullying. The struggle of mental health. Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door. Chris Milk: What Happens When We Step Inside The Screen? Hooked, Hacked, Hijacked: Reclaim Your Brain from Addictive Living: Dr. Pam Peeke at TEDxWallStreet.

Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you. Make the most of your 20s: Meg Jay at TED2013. In her 20s, Meg Jay saw her first psychotherapy client, Alex, who was there to talk about her guy problems.

Make the most of your 20s: Meg Jay at TED2013

Jay didn’t take the sessions all too seriously at first. But then her supervisor gave her a wakeup call. While Jay said, “Sure she’s dating down and sleeping with a knucklehead. But she’s not gonna marry the guy.” Her supervisor responded, “Not yet. For Jay, it was an a-ha moment. There are 50 million 20-somethings in the US — that’s 15% of population. “Claiming your 20s is one of simplest things you can do for work, happiness, love, maybe even for the world,” says Jay.

Jay worries that messages in the media about the changing timetable of adulthood, and the 20s being an “extended adolescence,” are trivializing this important decade. Jay also takes issue with the phrase “you can’t pick your family, but can pick your friends.” “Too many 30-somethings and 40-somethings look at themselves and say about their 20s, ‘What was I doing?