Ray's Favorite TED Talks
Falling in Love is the Easy Part
by Mandy Len Catron
- This talk stems from an article in the NYT: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This, and Quiz: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love
- Mandy fell in love by trying the process of asking these 36 questions with another person, followed by looking into each other's eyes.
- Studies have shown this builds closeness in relationships, romantic and platonic.
- But, falling in love is the easy part. We want to know if the other person will love us unconditionally, forever.
- Mandy gives us new questions to ask about exploring the longevity of love, like "How do you deal with the doubt that creeps into every relationship?" and "How do you know whether it's time to cut and run, or stick with it?" and "How do you live with your partner's doubts?"
Why a Good Book is a Secret Door
by Mac Barnett
- Where Truth and Lies overlap
- A story about a girl who kept throwing her melon into the woods
- The curious Secret Doors of real & unreal storefronts children walk through on their way to writing lessons (a pirate shop and a time traveler's store).
- A broken slushy machine from the future that reads: "Out of order. Come back yesterday."
- How Mac Barnett creates secret doors to the real world in his books: a story of a child sending away for his very own blue whale.
Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do
by Joshua Foer
- Exploring the ancient techniques of memory that were once ubiquitous, including Memory Palaces.
- The Baker vs. baker paradox: if you tell one person to remember a man named Baker, and another to remember a man who *is* a baker, the latter person is far more likely to remember the word "baker" because it evokes meaningful imagery.
- We need to rely more on our spacial and navigational portions of our brain when remembering (and do this by taking unmemorable thoughts and translating them into memorable images -- especially ones that are big, absurd, visually stunning, racy, and rich to the senses).
- "Our lives are the sum of our memories."