TED Talk of the Day #017: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

Our industrial society is scarcely 300 years old. That shallow history shouldn’t suggest to anyone that we have all of the answers for all of the questions that will confront us in the ensuing millennia.
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #017: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

The COVID-19 pandemic is getting more and more chaotic. What can we do with the extra time we are getting?

Well, when the speaker had chaos in her life, she discovered Cartooning. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language

We know that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. Canadian studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease and the onset of dementia are diagnosed later for bilinguals than for monolinguals, meaning that knowing a second language can help us to stay cognitively healthy well into our later years. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language