I come across many interesting lectures and interviews of outstanding intellectuals in all fields that have not yet spoken at TED. So I thought it would be worth adding a discussion where we could add these worthwhile Talks to this group even if it isn't specifically a TED Talk. Some of the lecturers might have already given their 20 minute presentation on TED but have other interesting discussions that are worthwhile presenting here as well.  Looking forward to viewing your choices.

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Authors@Google: Michael Specter

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

Why have so many Americans, who more than any other people have been defined by progress and scientific achievement, begun to mistrust the scientific process itself? How did vaccines, the world's most effective health measure, become a subject of bitter debate and denial?. Why do Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements, despite growing stacks of evidence that they are either useless or dangerous? Why, despite thousands of years of agricultural success, do we insist that genetically modified food is somehow different and more dangerous than "conventional" crops? And why, in the era of genomic medicine, do we so often on ignore genetic realities - preferring to cling to the myth that we are all alike?
This event took place on November 19, 2009

Sharkwater: The Truth Will Surface


The feature film trailer for Sharkwater - internationally award winning documentary by Rob Stewart. You can learn more by visiting the official site, www.sharkwater.com.

WATCH the FULL Documentary on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vog3z1NsMYU&feature=related
Carl Sagan's The Future of Human Kind


Sagan elegantly explains the two choices we have as human beings that will decide our fate. We can either destroy ourselves with our powerful technology, or we can instead use it to preserve our species by colonizing distant planets.

This video; just might be one of the most important messages that people need to hear before it is too late.
FORA - TV: Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth


WATCH This Full Screen, Read More and Check Out the Reader Comments HERE:


Summary

Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion created a storm of controversy over the question of God's existence. Now, in The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins presents a stunning counterattack against advocates of "Intelligent Design" that explains the evidence for evolution while keeping an eye trained on the absurdities of the creationist argument.

More than an argument of his own, it's a thrilling tour into our distant past and into the interstices of life on earth. Taking us through the case for evolution step-by-step, Dawkins looks at DNA, selective breeding, anatomical similarities, molecular family trees, geography, time, fossils, vestiges and imperfections, human evolution, and the formula for a strong scientific theory.

Dawkins' trademark wit and ferocity is joined by an infectious passion for the beauty and strangeness of the natural world, proving along the way that the mechanisms of the natural world are more miraculous -- a "greater show" -- than any creation story generated by any religion on earth.
The Clash Between Faith and Reason - Sam Harris


Believing the Unbelievable: The Clash Between Faith and Reason in the Modern World with Sam Harris speaking at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival

WATCH it Full Screen and Read more HERE:
Authors@Google: J. Craig Venter


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqRJL7PveWs

November 19, 2007 — J. Craig Venter visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book, "A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life." This event took place on November 12, 2007 as part of the Authors@Google series.

Watch his TED Talk HERE:
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/craig_venter_is_on_the_verge_of_c...
Richard Dawkins interview - Bill Moyers


Cover story of National Geographic magazine 'Was Darwin Wrong?' - No, the Evidence for Evolution is Overwhelming.

More than 55% of americans believe that we were created the way we are now. %65 say that biblical creation should be part of the curriculum alongside evolution.

Biblical world view repackaged as Intelligent Design. In Dover Pennsylvania.

Books "A Devil's Chaplain" and "The Ancestor's Tale".

One of the largest schools in Georgia Insisted on putting a warning sticker Stickers put on biology books.

Evolution is about as certain as anything we know. Huge bodies of evidence, everything points to the fact that evolution is true. Beyond educated dispute.

The evidence that has been offered does not point to ID. Darwinism is far more parsimonious and scientific explanation than Intelligent Design. It is a great privilege to be offered an understanding of your antecedence.


Richard Dawkins interview-Bill Moyers (part II)


We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been standing in my place but who will never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara -- more, the atoms in the universe. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Donne, greater scientists than Newton, greater composers than Beethoven. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I that are privileged to be here, privileged with eyes to see where we are and brains to wonder why.

There is an appetite for wonder, and isn't true science well qualified to feed it?

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.

Richard Dawkins
http://richarddawkins.net/

June 03, 2009 — Richard Dawkins interviews Dan Dennett for "The Genius of Charles Darwin", the Channel 4 UK TV program which won British Broadcasting Awards' "Best Documentary Series" of 2008.

Buy the full 3-DVD set of uncut interviews, over 18 hours, in the RichardDawkins.net store:
http://richarddawkins.net/store/index...

This footage was shot with the intention of editing for a television program. What you see here is the full extended interview, which includes a lot of rough camera transitions that were edited out of the final program (along with a lot of content).








Andy Thomson gives his talk titled 'Why We Believe in Gods' at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Filmed and edited by Josh Timonen.
See more at http://RichardDawkins.net

Also see Richard Dawkins talk from this convention:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbza-U...

February 07, 2009 — http://richarddawkins.net/growingupin...

Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. The entire 5-hour program is also available on a 2-DVD set through our online store. http://richarddawkins.net/store/index...

The DVD includes subtitles in English, Spanish, French and Polish.

Read the transcript:
http://richarddawkins.net/GUITUtransc...
Andy Thomson on Suicide Terrorism Part 1 of 3


October 04, 2007 — The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science presents Andy Thomson's lecture titled "We Few, We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers." This video was taken at the AAI 2007 conference in Washington, D.C. See more videos like this at http://RichardDawkins.net

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All Creatures Great and Smart

Watch live streaming video from worldsciencefestival at livestream.com


Join leading scientists—Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods, Jeremy Niven, Patrick Hof and Klaus Zuberbühler—whose research is challenging long-held assumptions about the differences between “animal” and “human”—and learn about pin-sized brains that can count, categorize, and hold a grudge against those who’ve tried to swat them. Does your dog really think and feel like a human? Do our closest primate relatives have brains and emotions similar to ours? What about the storied intelligence of dolphins and singing humpback whales? And do other species hold surprises for us if we’re willing to look closely?

On June 5, the World Science Festival at New York University included a presentation titled "All Creatures Great and Smart" that challenged assumptions about the differences between animals and people.

The panel featured Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods, Jeremy Niven, Patrick Hof and Klaus Zuberbühler, and included discussions about the similarities that can be found between humans and animals, ranging from primates to insects.

Scientists brought to light some interesting aspects of the animal world, including the lack of violence in Bonobo societies, along with their ability to act altruistically, communication between species, such as birds and other animals reacting to each other’s predatory alarm calls, and animals’ ability to follow social cues and interpret each other’s behavior or take cues from us.

http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/live/creatures

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