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  Published on Mar 2, 2017    

Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2000 obituaries | Ted Talk

Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, a surprising view of what achievement looks like over a lifetime. Here, he shares what obits can teach us about a life well lived.

  Published on Jan 3, 2014  
time 14:13

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one | Ted Talk

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled

  Published on Jun 9, 2017  
time 6:12

Theaster Gates: Collecting | Art21 "Extended Play"

Episode #247: From his Chicago studio, Theaster Gates reflects on the various collections he has acquired and created artworks with, including the Jet magazine archives and the inventory of an entire hardware store. In addition to serving as source material for the artist, the collections provide Gates with insight into how one person or institution sees the world. “It's like this little time capsule of things that were important to someone,” he says. 

  Published on May 17, 2012  
time 4:47

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012

time 19:54

Alike short film: by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

There’s a saying, “School is where children’s love of learning goes to die.” This couldn’t ring truer for many educational systems today, where the main objective lies in producing effective clogs for the capitalist wheel. 

Alikeis a short, dialogue-free Pixer-esque animation that not only reflects the bleakness of modern work culture, but also illustrates how society drains people of their creativeness. 

  Published on Apr 2, 2018  
time 8:01

The Elusive Letter G | Johns Hopkins University


When asked to pick out the option that they thought was right, the team revealed that “[The participants] have no idea what we’re talking about.” 

So, how is it possible that you come across something millions of times, and yet not recognize its appearance? Cognitive researchers from Johns Hopkins University explain why this is so in the second video below. But first, find out if your selection is correct by watching the first video, where the answer is revealed. The devil’s certainly in the G-tails. 

  Published on Mar 21, 2012  
time 1:54

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language ...)
time 19:16