Over the past several years, TED talks have brought insights from the most prominent academics, business leaders, and writers to the masses.
If you want to get some quick enlightenment, look no further than this list of some of the most thought-provoking and mind-expanding TED talks available.
These talks will change the way you look at yourself, and the world around you.
There are worse ways to spend 15 or 20 minutes.
See below for 14 of the most mind-expanding talks:
“Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality” by Anil Seth
It’s not every day that a 15-minute talk can leave you questioning the very nature of your own existence. But Anil Seth, a neuroscientist at the University of Sussex, will do just that.
Seth posits that our brains are “hallucinating” all the time — and when our hallucinations match up with others, we call that “reality.” Prepare to re-think everything you’ve ever known.
“The danger of a single story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian-born novelist, said in her talk.
Adichie’s most recent work, “Americanah” explores the experiences of a Nigerian immigrant to the US, and the differences and the common threads that bind us all together. In her talk, Adichie highlights the power of storytelling, and how we must seek diverse stories and opinions to truly understand a place.
If we only hear a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding, Adichie said.
“My stroke of insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced something very few neuroscientists have: A life-threatening stroke.
It gave her a unique opportunity to actually see and feel the things she dedicated her life to researching. As she watched her brain functions shut down, including her speech, motion, and finally self-awareness, she came away with profound insights into how our brains work, and what it means to be a human being.
Best Clickbank Products