If my childhood had been blissful, if my father had been more interested in raising me than in reading the New York Times, and again, if I had been enough of something to hold his attention, then I might have never found my love for travel, for dreaming, and yes, for stories. And that, too, is part of my childhood story just as much as his neglect and disinterest.
Stories make us who we are. In this inspiring talk, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully conveys the importance of seeking out many stories from different points of view to form our understanding of the world.
WATCH: Calling All Introverts! It's Okay If You're Not A Social Butterfly. In Fact It Could Be A Good Thing
Why does the world seem to celebrate schmoozers, and what might we be missing when we assume quieter people have nothing worth saying? This persuasive talk from author (and self-proclaimed introvert) Susan Cain will leave you questioning your assumptions about what makes a good leader, and you may see the people in your life a bit differently - yourself included.
Being able to accept others without judgment requires so much less energy and effort than hatred does.
Abused as a child. Bullied. Raised by a terrorist. These are true facts about the life of Zak Ebrahim. Here's another one: Today, Zak tours the world as an advocate for tolerance and peace. Watch his remarkable story, and ask yourself: What does it take to choose nonviolence?
WATCH: This Sister's Tribute To Her Autistic Brothers Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Be Different
Faith Jegede speaks passionately about the beauty of being different in this short, inspiring ode to her two autistic brothers. Forget being normal, she says: Be extraordinary.
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
Like Jason's quest to find the Golden Fleece with the help of the Argonauts, GM enlisted the Argonne (National Laboratory) to help them produce the revolutionary battery for Chevrolet's Volt.
TED and HuffPost are planning an exciting experiment in the weeks ahead. We want to highlight some of today's most intriguing ideas. But to do so in a way that sees those ideas morph and develop in real time, in response to input from thousands of contributors, perhaps including you. Every weekend for the next year, we'll introduce a theme, anchored to a TEDTalk we think has at its core a powerful and timely concept. But rather than simply offering it up as is, we're opening it up to you to write your own post about it, leave a comment behind, and help refine it. Because that's the thing about ideas. They're not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, each of whom may bring an additional insight, they're capable of adaptation until they find their most potent form. A form that can truly go viral and perhaps impact millions of minds.
There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.