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3 life-changing TED Talks to kickstart your brain

Sir Ken Robinson

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Lacking inspiration? Perhaps you’re looking for a mental workout in the morning or to kickstart your brain cells? Look no further than TED talks, the home of great ideas from genius minds.

 TED has called upon some of the world’s most brilliant brains – from Steve Jobs to Stephen Hawking 
Since launching its speaker talks in 1984 (yes, it’s now three decades old!) TED has called upon some of the world’s most brilliant brains – from Steve Jobs to Stephen Hawking – solving life’s big questions and posing even bigger ones in under 30 minutes.

With new TED talks added to the archive every day, there are now 1,400 talks available online – so, rather than leave you to trawl through them all, here are three of our favorites to get you started.

1. Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor’s 2008 talk will likely be best remembered for the images of her cradling a human brain like a deranged Dr Frankenstein. However, Taylor is actually a real-life Neuroanatomist and after she suffered a stroke in 1996, she documented her experience every step of the way. This TED Talk is the story of her experience, helping us to understand how our brains define the world around us.

2. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson’s first talk for TED in 2006 was one of the first to be uploaded online, and has since become the channel’s most popular video with over 20 million views and counting. This entertaining but vital talk challenges the way we’re educating our children and putting the muzzle on their unburdened young minds.

3. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

We’ve been reminded time and time again of the power of body language, but this motivational talk from social psychologist Amy Cuddy puts those theories into practice. Cuddy presents a series of ‘power poses’ that won’t only convince others of your confidence, but will also have you feeling more powerful in a matter of minutes. Still skeptical? Give this talk a chance and see for yourself.

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