I'm writing this from the Monterrey airport, where I will miss the last two sessions of TED, like a jerk. More on that if anyone is interested.
I was able to sit in the room for session 10. And it was amazing. Even now, a day later, by brain is humming. And as lame as this may sound, my heart is too. There are posts in many places, TED does a great summary of them. So I won't try to capture it all. Instead, I'll poorly summarize each talk in one sentence.
- Rodger Farnsworth: Having your fingers chewed off by a horse sucks.
- Helen Fisher, neuroscientist, author of Why We Love - Love is a biologic cocktail of Dopamine, Estrogen, Testosterone and Serotonin (videos)
- David Griffin, NAt'l Geographic photo editor: Artists can use static images to tell powerful stories, because the medium emulates the way our minds freeze moments
- Peter Diamandus, space pioneer and visionary: Stephen Hawking loves zero-G (his site)
- Chris Abani,Nigerian novelist, poet, musician: We are never more beautiful than when we are most ugly, because that's when you learn what you're made of" (interview)
- Benjamin Zander,conductor of the Boston Philharmonic: Ask: "Who am I being that I am not surrounded by shining eyes?" and "If people don't do what you want, its because you didn't enroll them."
What was this session like? Imagine rooms full of smart interesting folks tearing up while belting out pig german: