Ted Talks To Reimagine Your Thought Process

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Dorothy Roberts: The problem with race-based medicine

Internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual and social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts studies the interplay of gender, race and class in legal issues. She has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare and bioethics. Professor of Africana Studies, Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dorothy directs the Penn Program on Race, Science and Society. She has authored and co­-edited ten books, including the award-­winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds.

  • Race runs deeply throughout all of medical practice. It shapes physicians’ diagnoses,measurements, treatments, prescriptions, even the very definition of diseases. However, lawmakers, not biologists, have invented the legal definitions of races.
  • Race medicine is bad medicine, it’s poor science and it’s a false interpretation of humanity. It is more urgent than ever to finally abandon this backward legacy and to affirm our common humanity by ending the social inequalities that truly divide us.
  • Doctors are using race as a shortcut. It’s a crude but proxy for more important factors, like muscle mass, enzyme level, genetic traits they just don’t have time to look for. But race is a bad proxy.


Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Matt Cutts works on search at Google, specializing in search optimization. He’s a friendly and public face for helping webmasters understand how Google’s search actually works, making hundreds of videos that answer questions about SEO. (SearchEngineLand made this handy chart of all of them.) He’s an advocate for cutting down on poor practice such as link spam. He also wrote the first version of SafeSearch, Google’s family filter.

  • Small, sustainable changes, things someone could keep doing, are were more likely to stick.
  • As individuals start to do more and harder 30-day challenges, self-confidence grows and they are more likely to try new things.


Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a premidlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of — running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home.She’s a longtime magazine writer — covering music and politics for Spin and GQ — as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for two movies so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own tale of working at the famously raunchy bar in New York City), and Eat, Pray, Love, with the part of Gilbert played by Julia Roberts.

  • The remedy for self-restoration is that you have got to find your way back home again as swiftly and smoothly as you can, and if you’re wondering what your home is, here’s a hint: Your home is wherever in this world you love more than you love yourself.
  • Failure can be devastating for many people, but it does not mean you should stop whatever you are doing and give up. I mean you should you should continue on your path as long as it is in its purest form.
  • If you should someday, somehow get vaulted out of your home and dreams by either great failure or great success, then your job is to fight your way back to that home the only way that it has ever been done, by putting your head down and performing with diligence and devotion and respect and reverence whatever the task is.