Great TED Talks for Self-Identity

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Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

Julian Baggini, journalist and philosopher, invites us to reflect on mind-bending concepts of identity, asking us the question of what, if anything, defines us and what makes us be the way we are.

Brian Little: Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality

If you ever dwelled on matters of personality traits and characteristics, this Ted Talk is for you. In it, professor Brian Little analyzes the flexibility of our own personality, and what allows us to rise above it when needed.

Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self

The person you are now is not the person you were before, neither the person you’ll be in the future. Whether you agree or not with this statement, Dan Gilbert will show you the truth of it and how we are not the finished product of ourselves, as much as we want to believe it.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

In this TED Talk, Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel laureate and founder behavioral economics, will discuss the complex matter of experience vs. memory and its relation to our perception of happiness, bringing different examples to better illustrate the concepts.

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Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

With an interdisciplinary lecture, Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon, aims to illuminate the importance of understanding the functioning of our brain. Ariel delves into the wonders of our brain, even when performing ordinary feats.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

In our everyday lives, we never question our sense of self, but that’s exactly what neuroscientist Antonio Damasio does in this compelling Ted Talk. He touches on matters like memory, language and other relevant subjects when discussing consciousness.

Talithia Williams: Own your body’s data

Talithia Williams, a statistician, gives us an empowering lecture on taking note of simple body data, and how that action can be beneficial to us. Talithia argues that data like heart rate, sleep and steps per day can uncover a whole new source of information about our health.

Ze Frank: Are you human?

Ze Frank’s inquiry for us may seem simple at first, but don’t be fooled; the performance artist, humorist and composer prompts us to answer a series of basic questions to determine what we thought we already knew: am I human?

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