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Powerful visual illusions | Al Seckel

We’re going to talk — my — a new lecture, just for TED — and I’m going show you some illusions that we’ve created for TED, and I’m going to try to relate this to happiness. What I was thinking about with happiness is, what gives happiness — or happiness, which I equate with joy…

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The illusion of consciousness | Dan Dennett

So I’m going to speak about a problem that I have and that’s that I’m a philosopher. (Laughter) When I go to a party and people ask me what do I do and I say, “I’m a professor,” their eyes glaze over. When I go to an academic cocktail party and there are all the…

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Optical illusions show how we see | Beau Lotto

I want to start with a game. Okay? And to win this game, all you have to do is see the reality that’s in front of you as it really is, all right? So we have two panels here, of colored dots. And one of those dots is the same in the two panels. And…

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The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

I was only four years old when I saw my mother load a washing machine for the very first time in her life. That was a great day for my mother. My mother and father had been saving money for years to be able to buy that machine, and the first day it was going…

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The math and magic of origami | Robert Lang

My talk is “Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes.” And you would think that should have nothing to do with one another, but I hope by the end of these 18 minutes, you’ll see a little bit of a relation. It ties to origami. So let me start. What is origami? Most people think they know…

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Close-up card magic with a twist | Lennart Green

My favorite topic is shortcuts. The master of shortcuts — it’s, of course, nature. But I will demonstrate different ways to get rid of difficulties and go to the point, to find an answer probably much quicker than Arthur did. So, first, we violate the common sense, the logic. All of you, if you hold…

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Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

For some time I have been interested in the placebo effect, which might seem like an odd thing for a magician to be interested in, unless you think of it in the terms that I do, which is, “Something fake is believed in enough by somebody that it becomes something real.” In other words, sugar…

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