What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. I particularly enjoyed the few examples of his design work at the end of the talk.
When did you first realize you were going to die? Philosopher Stephen Cave explores four stories-- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death.
Nikhil Arora: Transparent Is the New Clever. In this high-energy talk, Back to the Roots co-founder Nikhil Arora shares his unconventional methods for launching his company from a college experiment to a fully functioning social enterprise.
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.