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Tag: Ted Talks

John Oliver: Science à La Carte Is Dangerous—You Can’t Just Cherry Pick Studies (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how media reports of incomplete or out-of-context scientific studies have led to climate change denial and the belief that vaccines cause autism.

Posted on May 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why Are TED Talks Deceiving Us?

As the creative class suffers, TED Talks and books about creativity are on the rise; scientists have hit a turning point in Alzheimer’s research with a new discovery; meanwhile, while Americans are becoming increasingly obese, so are their pets. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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O Talks: Ideas Not Worth Spreading

The Sapling Foundation’s TED Conferences have taken a beating in the press this year. In May, Alex Pareene of Salon called them “a money-soaked orgy of self-congratulatory futurism” after the group refused to publish a talk on income inequality. Now the satirical website The Onion is taking a whack.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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TED: ‘A Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism’

In the wake of a recent scandal over TED’s refusal to publish a talk about income inequality, Alex Pareene at Salon performs a neat takedown of the organization’s driving ethos. (Hint: It has to do with the “1 percent” that the Occupy movement is raging about.)

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



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TED Decides Not to Post Income Inequality Talk

TED, the sleek pioneering giant of the online video salon, boasts the tagline: “Ideas worth spreading.” But the group declined to post a talk by Seattle-based venture capitalist and Amazon.com investor Nick Hanauer, who said the middle class, not wealthy financiers like himself, were the nation’s real “job creators.”

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


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Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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