Three TED Talks To Watch This week

I'm about to get on a plane, so have just a few moments to describe this week's TED Talks I've enjoyed and recommend.  Without further ado, here goes:

Willie Smits talks about a long-term project to restore a ruined rainforest.  By "long term" he means twenty years.  He starts with a sad story of finding an abandoned baby chimpanzee, which he rescues.  He talks about rescuing over 1,000 chimpanzees by re-growing clearcut forests in Borneo.  What I liked about his story was the intricate set of steps they took to restore the forest, bit by bit, over a course of years.  Along the way, both the land and humans benefit.  It's an amazing plan, a thing of beauty.

I've never seen the TV show "Dirty Jobs", but after watching Mike Rowe's TED talk, I really want to see what the show is about, because this guy is a captivating storyteller.  If you start watching this talk and get squeamish at his talk about how he has to learn to castrate sheep, all I can tell you as to keep watching because it gets really interesting.  Great, great talk.

Dan Ariely has a couple of TED talks that I really enjoy.  The guy talks about human behavior, and economics.  This talk starts with a story from his own life, in which he was healing from severe burns in the hospital.  The story has a point, about what we think is best for somebody versus discovering what really is best for somebody.  He then talks about his experiments to help him learn why we cheat and its relevance to economics.  Apparently, I'm a sucker for hearing about psychological experiments.

I usually describe three TED Talks every time I post about it.  Here's a bonus one:

Here's another TED talk about energy.  This one I found particularly fun because the presenter, Saul Griffiths, talks about generating energy with kites.  Yep, kites!  I haven't bothered to check on how well his idea is doing since he presented his talk in 2009, but I really enjoyed it.


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