Category Archives: TED Lectures

Dan Dennett: Response to Rick Warren

Dennett takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

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Michael Specter: The Danger of Science Denial

His new book, Denialism, asks why we have increasingly begun to fear scientific advances instead of embracing them.

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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues.

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Louise Leakey: A dig for humanity’s origins

Louise Leakey asks, “Who are we?” The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind — and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.

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Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills.

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