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Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.
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Tour the deep dark world of the East German state security agency known as Stasi. Uniquely powerful at spying on its citizens, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Stasi masterminded a system of surveillance and psychological pressure that kept the country under control for decades. Hubertus Knabe studies the Stasi — and was spied on by them. He shares stunning details from the fall of a surveillance state, and shows how easy it was for ...
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Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
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...I am "blathering" about philosophical Reality to the feeble-minded, it would appear, throwing pearls before swine to watch the reaction. Very entertaining...
Again (for the "millionth" time):
The Big Bang
Cosmic Plasma
Stars are ORGASMIC!
,in other words,
Divine Love
Blissful
Proof of God
This explains why there is anything at all!
Please go to richmotyka.blogspot.com for more information (and start at the beginning).
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In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
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If the goal is to prevent further crime, rather than to simply punish, this kind of thing helps.

Exiting prison with no money, years out of touch with technology, lacking job skills, a much reduced social circle, and faced with potential homelessness...it is almost like the current system wants to turn released inmates in to active criminals again as soon as possible. 
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"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
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In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter took a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing: "I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive," he says. Instead, he was arrested, and so began his ongoing journey into a world in which peaceful protest is branded as terrorism.
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it's disgusting!! in 1962, John F. Kennedy, with eerie prescience famously said, Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. he could never have imagined how depressingly, seriously, maddeningly on point those words were increasingly destined to become.
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This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.
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If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring.
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It's very difficult to move out from under your parents shadow. It definitely takes a great deal of determination as well as raw intelligence to realize that there may be more to the bigger picture than what you were taught.
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Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.
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As usual, there is a confusion between awareness and selfhood. Conscious is a misleading term because it has several meanings, none of them accurate.
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Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.
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It means we are not treating our animals properly. It also means we have invented too many mental illnesses via the DSM, and that we treat too many things with pills.   
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Small coincidences. They happen all the time and yet, they pass us by because we are not looking for them. In a delightfully subtle trick, magician Helder Guimarães demonstrates with a deck of cards, a dollar bill and a stuffed giraffe.
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
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