A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #16: How Trees Talk to Each Other
Many of us are talking about ills of modern society, current economic paradigms like capitalism and even some of the contemporary technologies and industries. To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to restore endangered ecosystems — and offers lessons on how to create more resilient communities. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #015: Indigenous wisdom should be at the heart of climate activism
Where to get GOOD ideas? HOW to get good ideas? First, let us define what is an IDEA. An idea can be seen as a connection of dots – as a network. So, the first step would be to expose yourself to lot of dots – thought patterns from a variety of backgrounds.
People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #013: Where good ideas come from
Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
OK, this is embarrassing. The speaker REVEALS how we THINK that we are supersmart (and vain about it) but, in reality, using her words, “we can also be incredibly, incredibly dumb when it comes to some aspects of our decision making.” Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #008: A monkey economy as irrational as ours
One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous quotes is:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
If you agree, have you found out for yourself? Need clues on what you should be REALLY DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? One set of clues is in how deeply and clearly are you able to read the contemporary world around you. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #002: Turning Trash into Toys
Buddhism does not promote the idea of abandoning all desires altogether. What Buddhism encourages is the idea that all forms of craving, grasping and clinging, which are exaggerated forms of desire, have to be abandoned, because they ultimately cause suffering and unhappiness. Continue reading Book Giveaway #51: The Essence of Buddhism