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TED – The Great Porn Experiment

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TED – The Great Porn Experiment

Posted on 03 April 2012 by admin


From YouTube.com

Have our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today’s Internet enticements? Gary Wilson discusses the disturbing symptoms showing up in some heavy Internet users, try the surprising reversal of those symptoms, and the science behind these 21st century phenomena.

More About Gary Wilson

Gary is host of www.yourbrainonporn.com. The site arose in response to a growing demand for solid scientific information by heavy Internet erotica users experiencing perplexing, unexpected effects: escalation to more extreme material, concentration difficulties, sexual performance problems, radical changes in sexual tastes, social anxiety, irritability, inability to stop, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

As a physiology teacher with a particular interest in the latest neuroscience discoveries, Gary was aware that their symptoms might be the result of addiction-related brain changes. Applying the website’s concepts of brain plasticity, many former users have braved withdrawal, reversed their symptoms and restored normal sexual responsiveness.

The site has been linked to from hundreds of threads in forums from over thirty countries, with posts numbering in the thousands. Gary blogs for “Psychology Today” and “The Good Men Project” on the extreme plasticity of adolescent brains, the evolutionary context for today’s flood of novel cyber “mates,” and the neurochemical reasons why superstimulating Internet delivery has unexpected effects on the brain.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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TED Conference Speaker Has Best Computer Fail Ever

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TED Conference Speaker Has Best Computer Fail Ever

Posted on 09 March 2012 by admin


From LAist.com

Imagine you are invited to give a TED talk at the big conference in Long Beach. But just as your talk on the topic of the “unexpected” gets underway, troche you’re plagued with that Apple computer “spinning beach ball of death” and your total AV package is frozen. Gulp.

That’s exactly want happened to speaker Colin Robertson, hospital whose presentation was derailed…with unexpected results.




Okay, pharm so Colin isn’t Colin, and the TED talk gone awry, if you haven’t watched the whole video yet, was actually an Improv Everywhere “scene” put on with the help of the TED organizers.

After the initial awkward phase, and the audience clearly feeling bad for the guy on the stage, the presentation started to get a little ridiculous.

Improv Everywhere explains:

The crowd started to catch on that something was not right as the error messages starting piling on top of each other. Errors from older Mac operating systems starting popping up, one accompanied by the classic “eep” sound. Then two additional spinning beach balls appeared. At this point, performers secretly placed in the crowd popped open umbrellas that looked exactly like the spinning beach ball.


Ultimately, the “skit” made use of rainbow wigs, streamers, and people dressed up as a human “spinning beach ball” to make the point, and the joke: The unexpected can be wonderful!

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Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

Posted on 01 March 2012 by admin

I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems — climate crisis, drugstore species extinction, water and energy shortage — we surely do. [But] ultimately we knock them down.” (Peter Diamandis)



From TED.com

Why you should listen to him:
Peter Diamandis is the founder of the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is simply “to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.” By offering a big cash prize for a specific accomplishment, the X Prize stimulates competition and excitement around some of the planet’s most important goals.
Diamandas’ background is in space exploration — before the X Prize, he ran a company that studied low-cost launching technologies and another company that took civilians on rides into the upper atmosphere. But though the X Prize’s first $10 million went to a space-themed challenge, Diamandas’ goal now is to extend the prize into health care, social policy, education and many other fields that could use a dose of competitive innovation.

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