How we’ll find life on other planets. -- Dr. Aomawa Shields
In this short yet powerful TED talk, Dr. Shields brings to us her work and her passion in life: to discover planets capable of harboring life in the universe. She shows us how she uses computer models to catch a glimpse of planets that trillions of miles away. Her nonprofit group, Rising Stargirls, works to educate young girls of all backgrounds about the universe through the integration of both the arts and the sciences. For more information please see http://www.risingstargirls.org.
The Chinese zodiac, explained -- ShaoLan Hsueh
In ShaoLan’s talk, she reveals many of the complexities of the Chinese zodiac and how in China, the zodiac affects birth rates and market trends. Since China is growing into its role as a leader in the world, why not learn more about their culture and traditions and how they affect the entire world? This talk might make you stop looking at your horoscope and start looking at your Chinese zodiac.
Compassion and the true meaning of empathy -- Joan Halifax
Compassion is something that is vital to the well-being of not just ourselves, but to those around us. How can we help our friend or comfort a family member if we do not look at everyone with the eyes of compassion? Joan Halifax teaches us what compassion truly is, and is transformative power in the modern world as she recounts personal experiences with people suffering in the world. (She ends the talk with a powerful quote, which I find absolutely amazing: “The women in this room are lotuses in a sea of fire.”)
TED Weekly is presented to you by Bryce Tapp. Tapp is the editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.