10 TED Talks that Everyone Needs To See

Article by: Won Ho Song

1. Rajiv Maheswaran – The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves

This TED talk by Rajiv Maheswaran discusses the math behind basketball. He analyzes game-changing movements to give both the players and the coaches a mathematical interpretation of the plays. He helps them leave nothing to chance or intuition. The research discussed in this video is a step forward in understanding how the human body moves and how to maximize efficiency with each movement.

2. Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity?

This TED talk by Ken Robinson explores a different approach to our current education system. He claims that the curriculum implemented across the world today hinders the growth of creativity, rather than nurturing it. He proposes an alternative educational curriculum that could possibly solve this dilemma.

3. David Epstein – Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

A TED talk for any athlete or lover of sports. David Epstein explores what is making athletes perform better than ever before: is it a cause of technological improvements or are humans just getting better, faster, and stronger as a race? By looking deeper into sports such as swimming, running, basketball, and cycling, Epstein is able to answer this question. Listen to his talk to find out for yourself!

4. Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

Nothing is random in life. Even the most insignificant things we do such as walking in circles or opening the refrigerator have patterns. In this TED talk, Tony Robbins explains the mystery behind seemingly the random and aimless things we do in our everyday lives. He refers to the forces that control these actions the “invisible force.” Also, Robbins high-fives Al Gore in the video, so it’s worth watching!

5. Melissa Fleming – Let’s Help Refugees Thrive, Not just Survive

The way that refugees are treated has been making headlines recently and it is time for us to acknowledge them and provide them with the help they need. This TED talk by Melissa Fleming focuses on how we as individuals could contribute to the betterment of the lives of refugees. Furthermore, she claims that the aid currently going to the refugees is insufficient and they deserve better.

6. Roman Mars – The Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed

Two types of things are prevalent in our lives: things that are pleasant to look at, and things that hurt the eyes. In this video, Roman Mars explores beauty and the lack of it in a particular realm: vexology (study of flags). Mars explains the five fundamental principles behind the design of a flag and their application to concepts other than flags. He also lets the world know his preference for flags with careful design and his abhorrence of ones that are clumsily designed.

7. Dan Gilbert – The Surprising Science of Happiness

A concept so simple yet so elusive, happiness has intrigued the human race for quite some time. In this TED video, Dan Gilbert attempts to open this Pandora’s box named happiness and defines what exactly it is. His argument revolves around one stunning and controversial idea: happiness can be achieved even if one doesn’t obtain what he wants. This is possible through the human psychological immune system which functions as a backup trigger for happiness. Watch the video to find out more!

8. Steven Johnson – Where Good Ideas Come From

This TED talk is for all the juniors and seniors who are disintegrating their brains trying to squeeze out every last ounce of a good idea. In this video, Steven Johnson gazes upon this topic from a completely different angle and shares his findings. Watch this eye-opening talk to learn the necessary techniques to elicit great ideas from the deepest corners of your brain!

9. Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Have you ever wondered why you pose the way you do? Or what your body language conveys? To find the answers to these questions, watch this TED talk by Amy Cuddy as she discusses the psychological effect of body language. In particular, she explains a particular type of body language called “Power Pose,” a posture of sheer confidence and dominance.

10. Cameron Russell – Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model.

Cameron Russell answers questions she is frequently asked as a beautiful women working in the modelling industry, with what she calls an “honest twist.” Through her TED talk, Russell not only examines society’s concept of beauty and the truth behind the modelling industry that is so attractive to young women and men of this generation, but also discusses gender and racial oppression and the benefits no one admits to gaining as a side effect growing up outside of oppression.