TED talks

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

I was turned on to TED by a friend (thanks GSM) and have watched some great talks. Thought I would share some of my favorites so far.

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.

– Great advice for parents of young kids. Best line – “They are young, they heal fast”

Sherwin Nuland: My history of electroshock therapy
Sherwin Nuland, the surgeon and author, talks about the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression. Midway through, his story turns personal. It’s a moving and deeply felt talk about relief, redemption, second chances.

– Wow. A very personal story that shows that a procedure we may consider old-school works.

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