The Best TED Talk Videos on YouTube

YouTube offers many educational opportunities, perhaps more than you might have ever thought there could be. For your benefit, we go over some of the TED conference's best talks on the highly popular video channel.

TED Talk Videos on YouTube

The TED conferences are gatherings of the most innovative and interesting thinkers on the planet. During the biannual conferences, speakers give talks about their area of interest. The conferences used to be closed, but fortunately, TED now has a YouTube channel that features its engaging educational lectures.

Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

Shirin Neshat is one of the most famous and important living contemporary artists. Her works have been featured in major museums across the globe. In her TED talk, she talks about what it's like to be an artist living in exile from her native Iran.

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

It didn't end well in Jurassic Park, but paleontologist Jack Horner is working to achieve his lifelong goal of making a living dinosaur. The 'use dinosaur DNA' route has proved fruitless, so he's trying another method: using the DNA of the chicken, which is one of the dinosaur's living relatives.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

'Creativity is as important as literacy' is an apt thesis statement for this talk, which serves as a manifesto for the importance of nurturing creativity in children. Sir Ken Robinson argues that our current system of education, which is standard across the globe, pushes creative fields like the arts to the side. The talk provides interesting food for thought about the ways we force certain intellectual roles onto children.

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

In this talk, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor describes the experience of having a stroke at age 37. Her description of this experience is unique because it is informed by her background as a neuroscientist. Dr. Taylor even brings out a prop - a real human brain - to demonstrate neuroanatomy. Her presence on the TED stage is even more remarkable considering the fact that it took eight years for her to recover from her stroke.

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

Conrad Wolfram, of Wolfram Research, uses his talk to question why we are still having school children do math computation by hand. We live in an increasingly computational world, he says, and computers can solve math problems better than any human. So why not make things easier and more enjoyable for kids by letting them off the hook when it comes to hand-solving?

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

There are bugs all around us. They outnumber us and outweigh us. So why aren't we eating them? Marcel Dicke makes the case for eating bugs. According to him, they're not only tasty, but an eco-friendly solution to many of our global food problems. And before you get too squeamish, Dicke reminds us that all the processed food we eat - from tomato soup to chocolate - has insects in it. It might seem disgusting to some, but he makes a pretty good case, and his talk is definitely a must-watch.

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers

Flowers are beautiful and delicate. And, as it turns out, they are really good at being lazy. In this talk, Jonathan Drori outlines the many tricks flowers use to force insects to do the dirty work of reproduction for them. Not only is the topic interesting, but this talk is accompanied by many color slides that show not only how beautiful flowers are, but how brilliantly they have evolved to survive.

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