Science Channel airing TED talks (including mine!) on April 15

By Phil Plait | April 14, 2012 7:00 am

Last month, the folks at TED announced that the talks given at their meetings — talks which run the gamut of psychology, science, engineering, human nature, and more — were available on Netflix. A talk I gave at TEDxBoulder in September 2011 is on that list, and I’ve been getting great feedback on it.

If you don’t get Netflix, never fear: the Science Channel is running some of the talks as well! They’ve put together and have been airing a five-part series of talks covering various topics… including mine! My talk, "How to Defend the Earth from Asteroids", will air on Sunday April 15*.

Here’s a preview of the talks:

[You may have to refresh the screen to see the video.]

TED’s slogan is Ideas Worth Spreading, and that’s a wonderful thought. If you watch these videos, you’ll see why. They’re full of Big Ideas, and having watched quite a few myself, I can guarantee they’ll make you think, make you wonder, and maybe even spark your imagination. That’s what ideas do, and it’s one of the best things we humans do.


* So no, you can’t use the threat of a giant asteroid impact as an excuse to not do your taxes.

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Comments (6)

  1. Jim

    Glad to hear it. Your speech is top notch, and the others aren’t so bad either :)

  2. Daniel J. Andrews

    There is also a TED app for the iPad (and presumably other Apple products). Quite a handy app for when you have that 10 to 20 minutes to fill and you’re tired of reading.

  3. Tara Li

    There’s also a TED app for Android, and of course there’s this huge website with so so many wonderful videos, when you feel like doing that 18 hr marathon of enlightenment and encouragement.

  4. The TED talks have also been recently added to Netflix’s streaming offerings.

  5. jcm

    Wonderful! I am currently working my way through all the TED talks on Netflix.

  6. Eric Pierce

    Phil, I also noticed all of the Ted talk collections suddenly appear on Netflix the other night. They’re nicely organized, and yours was the first one I watched. Very well done!

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