The Drifting Mind: A Cause for Unhappiness?


Image of temples in Burma

This month we’re talking about drifting, so today’s Talk of the Week deals with the drifting mind and its relation to personal happiness. The modern mindfulness movement has been encouraging us to keep our drifting minds “in the moment” and “focused on the now.” But does this truly make us happier? While conducting his PhD research in psychology at Harvard University, Matt Killingsworth developed an iPhone App to attach some quantitative measurements to this question. Read more…

Posted by Teresa Cvetkov on February 28th, 2015

Drifting Apart


"(500) Days of Summer"

All of us have experienced this at least once in our lives: there is a friend whom we’ve known from kindergarden, with whom we share our secrets and confide our deepest insecurities to. Someone who is so close that it feels like family when the person is around. In his article about human addiction in the U.S. Version of the Huffington Post, Johann Hari quotes Peter Cohen, Professor in the Health Science departement at Wichita State University in Kansas. He claims that “human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections“. Read more…

Posted by Ece Sahin on February 25th, 2015

“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien


Home –  The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. “ A simple definition of the word ‘Home’ stated by the Oxford Dictionaries. Used by many to describe where they were born and raised, where they are living, what is the number of the street they live on. Then it can expand to wider topics such as motherland, language used, social and political norms, traditions, alongside cherished memories of one’s childhood.  Read more…

Posted by Eva Vitorovic on February 21st, 2015

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Living in an “achievement-oriented society”


When I finished my studies, a girlfriend – a wicked smart Girl, who had just started her PhD – asked me to ghostwrite her thesis for her. She wanted to organize the material and tell me a few of her ideas. I should be the one doing the writing part. ”You’re much better at writing, anyways”, she said.
This request seemed strange to me at the time. Why did she feel the need to write a dissertation when she knew that writing wasn’t one of her strong points? Now I know that requests like these are not that unusual. They are just an effect of the society we live in. Read more…

Posted by Verena Ehrnberger on February 18th, 2015

Hard decisions let you live a life of choice instead of a life of chance.


Everyday in life we are faced with new choices and possibilities. Meanwhile, most people stick to their routines, hold on to the familiar and the secure. They refrain from exploring new possibilities or questioning the choices that brought them to their current position. They settle for the life that befalls them rather than the life they want. Does it sound familiar? Read more…

Posted by Monika Abramczuk on February 14th, 2015

Drifting towards infinity: 5 space stories to follow in 2015


Space travel has become en vogue again. Thanks to the critically acclaimed efforts of Christopher Nolans blockbuster Interstellar, ideas of empowering human expeditions across the universe are gathering interest at high speed – and as Stuart Armstrong pointed out at TEDxVienna 2014: “The sky is most definitely not the limit.” Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on February 12th, 2015

Drifting along the Flood of Information: The paradox of human newspapers in a Big Data Society


Bigger, faster, stronger:
This is how the Big Data Society appears to be. More interactive, more interconnected, offering humanity innumerable opportunities to fish out of the information flood we are drifting along. Thus it raises the unprecedented necessity to use newspapers as filters in order to pull out relevant and interesting information out of the data masses. However, while data gets more vivid day by day, the newspaper world is close to extinction.
Why does this paradox exist? Read more…

Posted by Alina Nikolaou on February 9th, 2015

The teenage brain – Under Construction


- Are you making responsible choices in your life?
- Have you ever made use of the phrase “When I was your age”?
- Has your brain already reached 90% of its own size?

If any of those signs apply to you, then you are most likely someone in their early to mid-20s drifting into adulthood.

Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on February 8th, 2015

OUT&ABOUT: Stadtbiotop – the container town with charm


Welcome to our brandnew series of blog posts OUT&ABOUT, in which we, the TEDxVienna bloggers,  want to share our newest discoveries of  spots, events and projects in Vienna and Austria with you. And we have to honestly admit that we could be worse off than working through our personal bucket lists! This time we visited the flea market on the 31.1 at the Stadtbiotop, a project from BOXIRCUS. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on February 5th, 2015

Teeny-tiny robots with high impact


Some are cute, blue and able to talk, others are made of metal and look like primitive, brute machines. With wheels, round like a ball, small or big: robots come in many flavours. But there is a particular need in situations in which space is limited for tiny flexible robots that can jump, crawl and move. For example, monitoring the environment or, after an earthquake, such mini-robots could participate in search missions. Another, yet totally different, space-restricted terrain is the human body. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on February 2nd, 2015