Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen

I decided to join the Blog Action Day. But instead of posting only on October 15, 2008, the actual Blog Action Day, I will cover this year’s theme "Poverty" the whole week starting with a great TED talk again.

Swedish professor Hans Rosling makes the data come to live by some animations, commenting it like a sports game.

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Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives

Usually, comments at TED are positive and approving. The comments of the talk from Psychologist Jonathan Haidt are different. In his funny and mind-opening talk he looks behind the five moral values that determine the political opinions.

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Jeffrey Schaler: Psychiatry as a Fraud

Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Schaler, 2006 Thomas Szasz Award Winner, explains what is wrong with modern psychiatry. Or in his words:

It takes one person to have a real disease. It takes two people to have a mental illness.

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Shawn Achor: The Science of Hapiness and Potential

Shawn Achor from Harvard University, explains positive psychology in nutshell. He is talking about the paradoxon, why depression increases though living conditions have never been that advanced. At last he is offering everyday advice, how to lead a happier and more productive life.

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Al Gore: 15 ways to avert a climate crisis

In his second appearance on TED, Al Gore asked for a better brand name for global warming. And he started with a hilarious intro.

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