For those of you who don’t know what TED is, it is basically a place where people with awesome ideas share them with other people with awesome ideas, or with people who just want to hear awesome ideas! It began some two decades ago in California, and has since grown immensely, featuring thousands of speakers and many TED events across the globe.
Cairo, Amman and Beirut are among several Arab cities to host a TEDx event. Beirut though is organizing a massive one that will culminate in September 2011. Oh, and for those of you wondering who the hell is “Ted”, there is no Ted. TED stands for Technology, Design, Entertainment. That’s what is started out as, but today encompasses everything from Biology to Economics, and of course the T, E and D.
Here’s a video the great philosopher-biologist, Daniel Dennett, shared in a class with us at AUB this Spring. I must say, it blew my mind and made me appreciate the dynamics of Evolutionary Biology even more than I used to (which was a lot)
Check out TED for more videos, and don’t worry lazy people, I’ll be choosing some of the best and posting them every now and then.