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TEDtalks Conference 2003 : Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

By Steven Pinker

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Book Id: WPLBN0002826206
Format Type: Video (Educational Video)
File Size: Streaming
Reproduction Date: 2008 September

Title: TEDtalks Conference 2003 : Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate  
Author: Steven Pinker
Language: English
Subject: Interviews, Philosophy, Biography
Collections: Educational Videos, TEDtalks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference 2003
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Publisher: TEDtalks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference
Member Page: TedTalks


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The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker ideas worth spreading, talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices.

The springtime TED Conference is held annually in Long Beach and simulcast in Palm Springs. The breadth of content includes science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn't work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.


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