Top 20 TED Talks That Can Improve Your Life

“TED.com recently released their list of the 20 most-watched TED talks to date, and while they have quite a few of the ones listed that can serve to improve your life, there are several out there that are on the list at deserve some mention.

So, we’ve decided to unveil what we believe to be the top 20 TED talks that can improve your life. And while there is some crossover on both lists, we feel that there are some that just deserve a little bit more of your attention. Enjoy!”

Get more here: Top 20 TED Talks That Can Improve Your Life.


Music and emotion through time

Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time | Video on TED.com.

This TED talk from Michael Tilson Thomas made me think again about something I think about all the time and that is how the availability of any music on demand makes this a great time to live. Sure, clean air and clean water and an abundant supply of food is great, but music? MUSIC? I can listen to anything I want on my Google Nexus S via Spotify anywhere at any time and that never ceases to amaze me and I am grateful for the wide variety of music that is available to me…

The Gothic east end of Cologne Cathedral repre...

The Gothic east end of Cologne Cathedral represents the extreme of verticality. (nave, dating to the 19th century). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In May of 2005, I was blessed to attend a high mass in the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. The sun streaming through the stained glass, the incense, and the music, ah, the music — an all Mozart mass — I tried hard to imagine what an incredible experience that would have been in the 19th century when music was in short supply but with 5,000 songs on my iPod, it was hard to do!

I have very eclectic tastes in music; thanks to services like Pandora, I continue to get exposed to a wide variety of music. Just last night I found ‘Relaxation Radio’ and ‘Calm Meditation Radio’ channels on Pandora — great background music for massage. :-D

Before I sign off to go pick weeds in the garden, here’s another TED talk from one of my favorite musicians, David Byrne


How To Eat Information

“Information, if viewed from the point of view of food, is never a production issue. … It’s a consumption issue, and we have to start thinking about how we create diets and exercise,” said JP Rangaswami in his TEDx presentation.

For a man who currently has 38,000 books in his collection and lives in Calcutta, India where they are known for their rich, savory and sweet Southern Indian cuisine, his is a theory that could very well make sense!

Since most of us consume food according to a certain diet, minimize our surrender to sinful indulgences, measure our nutrition intake to make sure we have enough of everything; it’s possible that we’ve been doing the exact same thing all along with our consumption of data – or perhaps we should. As Plato the philosopher once said, “Knowledge is the food of the soul”.

“When I saw Supersize Me, I started thinking, now what would happen if an individual had 31 days of nonstop Fox News?” joked JP Rangaswami.

What do you think? If you saw information the way you see food, what would you do to digest the knowledge differently – nibble, bite, scoff or binge?” via How To Eat Information | FinerMinds.

I ‘eat’ information via Gmail, Google Reader and Gist and then share the best of it here. If you want to ‘eat’ better, I suggest you need better thoughts, tools and tactics. One way to do that might be to read my free ebook on ‘personal news aggregation’. Register at http://e1evation.com/pna/…

On technology and relationships…

Ouch! I started watching this TEDtalk thinking this didn’t apply to me but the longer Sherry Turkle talked the more I heard her describing me…

Our fantasies of substitution (with tech) have cost us… – Lead.Learn.Live.

To illustrate her point, I find myself posting this video before I’ve even heard her conclusion and I’m tweaking this post while I could be sitting in bed with my wife drinking coffee…

Let him who has ears to hear“…