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5 totally terrific TED Talks from 2015

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As we begin the countdown to 2016, let's take a look back at TED Talks in 2015. From scandals to extreme adversity, 2015 was the year of 'overcoming'.  Here are five TED Talks that rocked it, socked it, and clocked it! Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

An incredible life

 Dame Stephanie Shirley is a study in perseverance and triumph over adversity. She tells the incredible story of her life in this TED talk -- inspiring and full of specific insight on how we can push through the next barrier -- find out why she used the name Steve for a time.

The Price of Shame

 "Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

Can We Create New Senses For Humans? 

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.

Why City Flags May Be The Worst-Designed Thing You've Never Noticed

After an awkward rehearsal in front of junior high schoolers, Roman Mars decided not to give the traditional TED Talk. Instead, he brought a table and all his radio gear — and put on a live radio show at TED2015. Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

How I Use Sonar To Navigate The World

 Daniel Kish's talk is inspiring in many ways. Daniel is blind, but navigates the world with quick taps and clicks that give him a sonar-like picture of the world around him. He can "see" in 360 degrees and has taught this techniques to thousands of others. The next time you are down about a roadblock in front of you watch this talk again. Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”


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