I feel almost a little sheepish for admitting this, but I really enjoy TEDtalks.
If you’ve never watched one, they are a non-profit outfit sharing and spreading ideas via a wide and varied range of speakers. TED equates to Technology, Entertainment, Design, necessary factors in making a winning presentation.
With that amount of material, I think you would be hard-pressed not to find a subject matter that would interest you. But as always, all good things come with a little catch. Sometimes with so much information, you don’t know where to start or what to see.
Presenting my recommended female-biased three Tedtalks:
1)Mary Roach: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm.
I attempted to do a real-time English to Mandarin translation for my friend, D during a drinking session one night, but alas a poor memory for vocabulary proved to be my undoing. Then I discovered how the main site has subtitles in many languages. Win! (But not for me and my alcohol-infused brain that night.)
2)Helen Fisher: The Brain in Love
She’s written quite a few books and given many talks about her studies on love and attraction, basically things one does not normally equate with being measurable in a quantitative scale.
Nonetheless, just listening to the biological anthropologist’s reading of her favorite love poem brings enough emotion and intrigue to the table even as she explains the science of the subject matter.
3) Cindy Gallop: Make Love, Not Porn
I love it when the creatives from advertising agencies speak. They tend to be colorful, exciting and add just that enough amount of controversial to make you sit up and pay attention. Gallop’s talk reflects this beautifully; just the title alone would make you take a second look.
And as it happens Gallop isn’t anti-porn. She’s actually fine with it. What’s she’s not fine with is the idea with how people are equating porn sex and real sex. Very worth a watch and a think.
And last but not least, an Honorable Mention (and to prove that my interests in TEDtalks do not always revolve around sex ), Elizabeth Gilbert and her talk about nurturing creativity was fascinating.
I haven’t read her famous (or infamous) book, Eat, Pray, Love, but I was so charmed by her earnestness in this presentation that I am crossing my fingers and hoping that my Muse, should he/she decide to turn up someday, could resemble her sweet calm and gentleness.