Nine TED talks that every Uni student should watch I decided to share some of my favourite TED Talks here in this list that I think every student should take a look at. Ranging from short 3 minute videos to more attention requiring 21 minute videos, there is sure to be something for everyone in this small collection. 1. Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness (5.49) This is a conversation that I wish someone had had with me 5 years ago when my main financial goal in life was to own as many DVDs as I could reasonably get my hands on. Unfortunately, the concept of ‘less is more’ didn’t really click with me until I turned 20. Graham Hill, a writer and designer, started the website Life Edited (http://www.lifeedited.com/) which looks further at his hypothesis that less stuff equals more happiness. This is a short video that everyone should watch at some point in their lives, it opens up a lot of room for questioning and redefining what you want out of your life and your possessions. 2. Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days (3.27) Think of something you have always wanted to do. Now, do that one thing everyday for the next 30 days. This could be anything, from starting your mornings at 7am to studying consistently for an hour a night. And those are only the boring possibilities. The key to massive change is making small, manageable changes. So, start by watching this video and try something new for the next 30 days. 3. Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one... (8.21) This is a stunning talk that, hopefully, will alter the way you approach and perceive sex forever. Although this refers more specifically to the US approach to sex and sex education, I think it definitely applies to the current situation in Australia. Sex is treated like a competition, you need to have more partners than everyone else, more experience, more skills. You have to win. Al Vernacchio, on the other hand, has decided that there is something wrong with this competitive approach to sexual activity and he provides a new way of approaching sex through the metaphor of pizza.
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4. Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived (3.17) I will not ruin the profound experience of watching this video for the first time by commenting directly on its content. What I will say is that this is an incredibly moving talk that should serve as a reminder to everyone that every experience you have in life, whether happy or sad, big or small, is a true gift that will change you in ways you may never fully understand.
5. Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? (21.46) If you live until you are 90 then you have spent roughly 32 years of your life sleeping. Foster, a circadian neuroscientist, looks at the reasons why we need sleep, the way the societal attitude toward sleep has changed, as well as what can happen if we don’t get enough sleep. A very fascinating watch for the Uni student who struggles to function on 5 hours a night. 6. Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter... (18.28) For those creative students out there this is a definite must watch. Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet who began performing at the Bowery Poetry Club at only 14. Here she gives two stunning performances of her poems “B” and “Hiroshima.” She takes you on a journey from her beginnings as a teen poet to a teacher who travels the United States, and the world, teaching young people how to find self-expression through spoken word poetry. This is a stunning talk from start to finish and it’s difficult to ever get tired of listening to her talk.
CSU Wagga's Online Publication 'Hungappa' for Term 4 Week 5 2013