Sunday, April 13, 2008

2008 Josh Klein

"Don't hate the crows -- just let them save you..." -- certain species intertwine in human environments: roaches, crows and rats become parasitic relationships that continuously adapt for their betterment in survival with immunity, breeding, tactical change; instead, use the intelligence of some (like corvids) to create interspecies harmony (trash pickup, electronics sorting, search and rescue!)

2008 Paul Stamets

Exploring the mycelial world, where networks are hyphae of fungal, earth restorative recyclers -- some of the largest living entities on the planet -- Stamets leads the hunt in rethinking the mushroom as the fungi perfecti, a new universe of healing, remediation, human and ecological enhancement -- and a network of all networks -- "a neurological landscape that looks like mycelium...brain neurons and astrocytes... the Internet is similarly arranged -- the earth's natural Internet is mycelia."

2008 Wade Davis

There is a profound, if evanescent, richness in the "ethnosphere" of the planet -- our ancient speaking cultures, "an old-growth forest of the mind"; explore, slip into, the archetypes of human experience, language and story --"the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination."

Monday, March 17, 2008

2008 Jill Bolte Taylor

The more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right brains, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peaceful our planet will be. 

2008 Peter Schwartz

The future isn't what it used to be -- The three drivers of conflict (honor, fear, interest) are different in the new geopolitical reality

2008 Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Two worlds: mediocristan (average rules) and extremistan (outliers rule - never take advice from anyone in a tie). In extremistan the whole idea is to not be the turkey.

2008 Yves Behar

Advertising is the price companies pay for being unoriginal

2008 Doug Wilson

Beware the downside of technology -- internet enabled opportunity to communicate out of repressive regimes is not as anonymous as you might think.

2008 Philip Zimbardo

Evil starts at 15 volts

2008 A. Garett Lisi

E8 explains everything....either spectacularly right or spectacularly wrong. Download his paper at

2008 Isaac Mizrahi

Design ideas come from mistakes and tricks of the eye

2008 David Hoffman

"Am I my things?"

2008 Christopher

In a few years you will be able to look into your brain in real time and change it

2008 Susan Blackmore

Evolution (Variation+Selection+Heredity) is a natural explanation for design out of chaos and the consequent "life" of memes

2008 Dean Ornish

Exercise turns on disease preventing genes

2008 Bob Geldof

All human progress depends on "unreasonable" people. Ted is the Olympics of unreasonable people.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

2008 Paul Rothemund

Life is about computation.

2008 Craig Venter

High concentrations in CO2 sequestration can be used for algae type conversions of CO2 into carbohydrates and with further bioprocessing into fuel


Welcome to "TED talks in one line".

TED talks are amazing....and they can be overwhelming, especially when you listen to 50 of them in 4 days. I figured that it would be great if I could just remember the single most important learning from each talk.

So this blog is my collection of one liners. I'll add to them over time as I get a chance to revisit and reflect on each talk but more interesting than my takeaways will be your perspectives on the same talks.

All TEDsters are welcome to add their own thoughts as comments or if a talk is not yet covered with a new post. For consistency, I suggest naming each post with the year followed by the speaker name.