Archive for the ‘Lunch with TED’ Category

Delayed Gratification in an On Demand World – Lunch w/ TED

Says Joachim de Posada to little Johnny, “Johnny, I am going to leave you here with a marshmallow, for 15 minutes. If after I come back this marshmallow is here, you will get another one. So you will have two.” As it turns out, those 15 minutes would help researchers accurately forecast...
May 13th, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

How to Start A Movement – Lunch w/ TED

In the cannon of great Western literature, extended, profound treatises have been written on the topic of leadership; Cicero’s On the Good Life or Machiavelli’s Prince come to mind.  This talk by Derek Sivers is not one of them.  Yet in 3 short minutes Sivers is able to lay some important...
April 22nd, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

A Primer on Modern Slavery – Lunch w/TED

They are swayed by the promise of jobs in another city or even another country. Perhaps they are promised work in hotels, constructions jobs, or as nannies who “love to travel.”  They go off with the person who recruits them. When they try to leave, they are told they can’t go; they have a travel...
April 15th, 2010 | Human Rights, Lunch with TED | Read More

We Should Go To Mars, Again – Lunch w/ TED

Planetary scientist Joel Levine believes that we should go to Mars and you should pay for it. About 3/4ths of the way through his talk, Mr. Levine informs his audience that all he and his team need to launch this project is a check from NASA – from the American taxpayers.  I’m doing Mr....
April 8th, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

The Placebo Effect and The Imagination- Lunch w/ TED

Apropos for April Fool’s Day, today’s Lunch with TED clip from a 2009 TEDMED features magician Eric Mead marveling at the effectiveness of placebos in medicine and demonstrating the power of imagination over reason. Be forewarned: this clip is not for the faint of heart.
April 1st, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

Bill Gates on Terrapower – Lunch w/ TED

Microsoft founder Bill Gates thinks we need to drive energy down to zero carbon emissions. Personally, I’m suspicious about the motivations and claims made by proponents of human-caused climate change theories. However, as a Christian I believe that we are called to be good stewards of God’s...
March 25th, 2010 | Creation Care, Lunch with TED | Read More

Decentralizing Healthcare – Lunch w/ TED

Eric Dishman, healthcare researcher for Intel, wants us to take medicine back to the future.  Dishman wants us to envision medicine as it was practiced before 1787, before it was centralized in hospitals that departmentalized the body and its problems, but he wants us to do so while employing cutting...
March 18th, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

The Suprising Spread of “Idol” TV in the Middle East- Lunch w/TED

Reality TV in the United States has a poor reputation. And frankly, it often deserves it. After all, some of this year’s biggest reality hits include raunchy, mindless fare like “Jersey Shore,” “The Real Housewives” franchise, and “The Hills.” As for less smutty, more family-friendly shows...
March 11th, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More

David Cameron on The Next Age of Government – Lunch w/ TED

If there’s one thing that liberals and conservatives can agree on it is this: that an informed citizenry is both necessary and beneficial to the growth and flourishing of a democratic nation. This week’s Lunch with TED features David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party in the United Kingdom...
March 4th, 2010 | Conservative/Liberal, Lunch with TED | Read More

J.J. Abrams on Story, Technology, and “Mystery Boxes” – Lunch w/ TED

Our “Lunch with TED” feature is back—and here to stay. (For the uninitiated, see Dustin’s original TED post here.) To commemorate this momentous occasion (and, frankly, the return of Lost, now in its sixth season) I chose to highlight a TED Talk by one of my favorite filmmakers—J.J. Abrams,...
February 25th, 2010 | Lunch with TED | Read More