We need to talk about TED

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TED is huge, and hugely important. But over the space of a few recent weeks, the most coveted positions on the TED website have featured a US general, a US army captain, and a photojournalist who had been embedded with the US military. What happens if people get this new message from TED, that there is a single story being promoted that aligns with the Western military?

We need to talk about TED

What’s the most Inspirational Factual Video?

For me, Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” represents the most inspirational and poetic statement of fact that’s been recorded on video. I’m sure most of our readers are familiar with it, if not take a few minutes to enjoy it.

What are some of your favorite inspirational factual videos? Please embed from YouTube or Vimeo if you can find them there.

What’s the most Inspirational Factual Video?

Fakes in the making

Picking up on a suggestion from from one of our podcast listeners, I’ll be producing one convincing piece of evidence for something I don’t believe in every month. It’ll usually involve either a photograph, a video, or a piece of manipulated audio, or perhaps a mix of these.
I’ve got a few ideas to get started with. I’ve always wanted to fake a UFO video, so I’ll start there. If anyone knows of a piece of video or photography that’s been put forward as proof of something bogus, I’d like to have a go at figuring out how it was made, and perhaps re-creating the effect. If anyone has any fun ideas for fakery, please let me know in the comments.

Fakes in the making

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

I found this video very inspiring. Two leading scientist in their fields discuss the vast possibilities of science.

“Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.”

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson