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Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices - Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery | Talk Video | PART 1 | TED.com - This witty and playful exploration of 4am and its odd role in human history is 5 minutes you will not regret sparing. This Guy, Rives, Is as much artist as he is scientist when it comes to communication and presentation.

The battle between your present and future self TEDSalon NY2011 · 15:59 · Filmed Nov 2011 Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Intriguing speakers share psychological studies—from asking kids to wait to eat marshmallows to planting false memories through a single word.

#population #ted: Ancient clues: Fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity's beginnings and journey.