Archive for Ideas

TEDxSMU Tuesday 7.26.11

Author Elizabeth Gilbert On Creativity: Malcolm Gladwell says genius isn’t a singular trait in his TEDTalk. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity in his TEDTalk.

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 7.19.11

Paul Root Wolpe, Emory Center for Ethics Genetically Engineered Animals Beefalo Beefalo are a fertile hybrid offspring of domestic cattle, Bos taurus, and the American bison, Bison bison (generally called buffalo in the US). The breed was created to combine the characteristics of both animals with a view towards beef production. Geep A sheep–goat chimera [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 7.5.11

Rajesh Rao Probabilistic Analysis of an Ancient Undeciphered Script, IEEE Computer, 2010 Entropic Evidence for Linguistic Structure in the Indus Script, Science, May 2009   Indus Valley Civilization (aka Harappan Civilization, the Indus-Sarasvati or Hakra Civilization) Indus Valley Civilization, Wikipedia “The Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) was a Bronze Age civilization (3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1900 [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 6.28.11

Janine Benyus Biomimicry Institute Biomimicry Guild AskNature.org Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (book) E.O. Wilson’s Encyclopedia of Life   Companies Using Biomimicry in Design Calera Corporation  Sequestering CO2 in the Built Environment Sharklet Technologies  Sharklet™ is the world’s first technology to inhibit bacterial growth through pattern alone. The antimicrobial Sharklet surface is comprised of millions [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 6.21.11

Rabbi David Stern Rabbi Abraham Heschel Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Rabbi Heschel marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma in 1965. Heschel later wrote, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.” Man’s Search for [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 6.14.11

Are You More Than the Sum of Your Parts? Sebastian Seung, PhD  Professor of Computational Neuroscience Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Emergence In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 6.7.11

Burt Rutan Burt Rutan is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important industrial designers, and his prolific contributions to air- and spacecraft design have driven the industry forward for decades. His two companies, Rutan Aircraft Factory and Scaled Composites, have developed and flight-tested more new types of aircraft than the rest of the [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 5.31.11

Eli Pariser The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You What the Ultra-Personalized Internet Is Hiding from You, Good, May 20, 2011 “Most of us assume that when we google a term, we all see the same results—the ones that the company’s famous PageRank algorithm suggests are the most authoritative based on other [...]

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TEDxKids raise money for international peers

TEDxKids attendees took their service learning projects international this year. In exchange for attending TEDxKids @SMU free of charge, students are required to complete a service learning project. Two of this year’s groups designed projects that will impact thousands of other kids around the world. Communities in Schools’ GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) participated [...]

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TEDxSMU Tuesday 5.3.11

Ai Weiwei Michael Bloomberg Speaks Out For Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, Unafraid Of Business Repercussions, The Huffington Post, May 4, 2011 “Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared with a dozen prominent cultural figures in front of New York City’s Plaza Hotel Wednesday to open a piece of public art by Ai Weiwei, who was detained last [...]

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