Talk of the week


Mapping ideaspace

What’s the recipe for an idea worth spreading? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley realized that they were sharing the same ideas before they even met. They decided to analyze thousands of data points worth of TED Talks in search for the magic formula of an idea worth spreading. […]


What’s left to explore?

There is a widespread saying nowadays that goes “We are born too late to explore the world and too early to explore the universe”. That pessimistic saying seems at first kind of true, every bit of land is already charted and the first manned spaceships to explore the universe won’t […]


elections

Rethinking Politics

“People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer.” – Andrew Smith We are living in an era where we experience a real divide between global and national. The Brexit Referendum, the last Austrian presidential election and the United States presidential election in 2016 are all great examples […]


Curiosity Talk of the week

Curiosity kills the illusion

This month is all about illusions, and what better illusions are there, than our daily habits? These are not just the things we practice daily, but the ones we take part in because we think there is no other way, the ones we think we need to do, no matter […]


TEDxVienna Burnout poem

Burned.out.
A poem

Burned.out. by the author How many lives have I lived and faces have I put on ever since I woke up this very day and all the days before. Filled with all the plans and goals set by one mind for only one single hand to reach. It is days […]


Useful instead of true – understanding our brains through optical illusions

Can you trust what you see? Everyday we make decisions based on visual input that our brain receives and processes. However, sometimes the gathered and processed information results in visual/optical illusions, which are perceptions that are not in accordance with the physical properties of the objects.   Surely you have […]


Where Are You A Local?

For anyone who has asked somebody the question “where are you from?” and was met with words like ‘but’, or ‘however’ mixed in with the answer –  this week’s TED Talk helps explain what that means. I am familiar with the awkwardness that can ensue when someone asks me where […]


Jungle - Connecting the Dots

Breaking out of jungle
or
the human need for organizing

It’s all relative. (Albert Einstein) What if the world were a huge jungle with no structure whatsoever? And the whole universe made up of individual elements with no connection to one another? What if we could never know what happens around us and had no access to the knowledge of […]


About reading music and hearing books

Listen closely Usually when we think about combining music and text, it’s often in form of an opera. As I am not really a fan of the opera and honestly mostly don’t understand what they are singing about, who they are singing to and why they are singing (I am […]