Recently I had my students watch this TED Talk from author Karen Thompson Walker. I’m trying to teach them to make clear, well-supported arguments, especially about subjects that they might not think consciously about very often. Fear is one of those things that we all know intimately and experience frequently, and yet our thoughts about […]
A mortal enemy of mine who hates when people use strikethrough because of how clichéd and needlessly ironic it is friend of mine recently brought to my attention an NPR story about a researcher studying the role of intellectual struggle in American classrooms vs. its role in Eastern classrooms. Basically, the guy finds that struggle […]
Anyone who’s been to a grocery store in the past twenty years has noticed a broadening of our choices. Barry Schwartz, in this TED Talk from 2005, asks whether or not all these options are actually better for us (spoiler alert: he doesn’t think they are). We tend to assume that because some choice is […]
This week’s speech comes courtesy of photographer Lisa Kristine. This TED Talk combines personal narrative with photos and videos to shed light on the manner and depth of modern slavery. According to Kristine, more than 27 million people are enslaved around the world, despite its illegality in every nation. The speech is admittedly hard to […]
Susan Cain recently wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts. I haven’t read the book, but after seeing this TED Talk that covers some of the book’s overarching principles (along with some pretty funny narrative storytelling), I really want to. For me, this speech was more than just interesting or informative, it was revelatory. […]
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We have two videos for you tonight, both dealing with the same man Philip Zimbardo. First is the video of Mr. Zimbardo getting owned by Stephen Colbert that you can find by following this link. Then we have the actual speech from Mr. Zimbardo, try not to hold the first video against him as he […]