TED | 3 Worldview-Shaping Cognitive Biases

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge.

What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation


British psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe studies the patterns in talk that most of us don’t even notice. She explains how her research can be used to train people to interact more effectively.

People spend a good deal of time talking to one another, and in general we do it pretty well. We might feel excited, angry, embarrassed, or — if we’re lucky — loved, in the course of our daily conversations. So is there any benefit to thinking about a science of talk? Can we really gain anything from scientific analysis of something we “just do”?

I believe we can, and I’ve spent the last 20 years studying real talk from real people talking to each other in real time. And while the linguist Noam Chomsky once described conversation as a “disorderly phenomenon,” I can tell you that it’s no such thing. Conversation is highly systematic and organized … and it tells…

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TED — Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

As democracy matures around the world, people are increasingly losing trust for it. But there are those who still believe in its promise despite government corruption in emerging nations.

Here are ideas for preserving and rebuilding it by fixing the electorate and advancing democracy as an activity…and as a state of mind a wee bit closer to the ideal.

TED – Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree


Constructive conflict is needed for progress and mutual understanding, a central theme in argumentation theory — Here’s why.