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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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    An honest history of an ancient and "nasty" word | Kate Lister

    An honest history of an ancient and "nasty" word | Kate Lister

    With candor and cunning, sex historian Kate Lister chronicles the curious journey of an ancient, honest word with innocent origins and a now-scandalous connotation in this uproarious love letter to etymology, queens, cows and all things "c**t." (This talk contains mature language.)

    • 19 min
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    Language around gender and identity evolves (and always has) | Archie Crowley

    Language around gender and identity evolves (and always has) | Archie Crowley

    Dictionaries and grammar "rules" don't have the final word on language -- and believing they do can harm more than help, especially for the trans community. Sociolinguist Archie Crowley deconstructs three common myths around language, demonstrating how it's a fluid system that naturally evolves in the direction of inclusion.

    • 13 min
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    What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

    What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

    When you report an emergency in the US, police, firefighters or paramedics answer the call. What if mental health professionals responded, too? Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod shares a straightforward and research-backed approach that brings heart and humanity to criminal justice rather than unnecessary fines and arrests -- and keeps crises from escalating into traumatic, or even deadly, events.

    • 9 min
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    Love, sorrow and the emotions that power climate action | Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug

    Love, sorrow and the emotions that power climate action | Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug

    Picture your favorite place in nature. How would you feel if it disappeared tomorrow? In this love letter to the planet, social worker and environmental activist Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug invites us to confront the deep, difficult emotions -- love, sorrow and even rage -- born from climate-driven ecological loss in order to act in service of our collective home.

    • 12 min
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    Why there's no such thing as objective reality | Greg Anderson

    Why there's no such thing as objective reality | Greg Anderson

    In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous civilizations, where myths ruled and gods roamed, says historian Greg Anderson. So why do Westerners today think they're right about reality and everybody else is wrong? Anderson tears into the fabric of objective reality to reveal the many universes that lie beyond -- and encourages a healthy reimagining of what other possible ways of being human could look like.

    • 16 min
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    How to get everyone to care about a green economy | Angela Francis

    How to get everyone to care about a green economy | Angela Francis

    How do you get the environment to the top of everyone's priority list? You can't, says climate advocate Angela Francis -- but you can get them to care about improving their lives. In this pragmatic talk, she shares her playbook for helping even the most skeptical among us see the benefits of a greener economy on their health, wealth and well-being.

    • 11 min

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