Susan Blackmore: Memes and “temes”

In my opinion, everybody should watch at least one TED talk a week. Here’s my recommendation for this week:

In this enthusiastic talk, Susan Blackmore takes the definition of "memes" to a whole new level: temes.

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Robert Lang: Idea + square = origami

Who would have thought that the art of origami would someday turn out too be important. Robert Lang demonstartes in this great TED talk, that if combined with mathematics, origami can help solve real world problems.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow

It’s definitely not the best TED talk but still pretty solid. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about the state of "flow", "a state of heightened focus and immersion". Even if you want to skip the rest of the presentation, just take a look at his last insightful slide.

At this point I want to take the time to thank the inventor of copy & paste.

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Phil Plait: Why do black holes have such strong gravity

If you’ve been following Spoken Gems for a while, you might notice that I often post something unusual on Thursday. This time it’s Phil Plait, explaining what causes the strong gravity of black holes.

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Found at Bad Astronomy.

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Michael Wesch: An anthropological introduction to YouTube

Anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch from Kansas State University talks about the phenomenon YouTube.

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Found at Problogger

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