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This week on, Garrett Lisi talks us through his grand new theory of how the universe works -- in a beautiful, symmetrical way. Paola Antonelli continues the brain-stretching exercises with a walk-through of her show "Design and the Elastic Mind." Cultural critic Virginia Postrel cautions us about the seductive power of glamour, while Dr. Dean Ornish celebrates the power of the body to heal and be well (and shares some simple steps we can take to help our bodies do their best).

Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything
Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen. Watch this talk >>

Paola Antonelli: Design and the elastic mind
MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli walks through the groundbreaking show "Design and the Elastic Mind" -- full of ideas, products and designs that reflect the multi-tasking, quickly shifting way we think now. (You can see the exhibit online.) Watch this talk >>

Virginia Postrel: The power of glamour
In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade. Watch this talk >>

Dean Ornish: Healing and other natural wonders
Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself. Watch for his jaw-dropping stats on the obesity epidemic -- and a few very compelling reasons not to go on the Atkins Diet. Watch this talk >>

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We're discussing Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEDTalk, "Learning from past presidents in moments of crisis":

Sharon Beck writes:
This was one of my favorite talks so far. I guess it's because I have always admired Abraham Lincoln more than any other President, and she told the story so beautifully. As I read the comments, I was shocked to see any negatives at all. It just goes to show that there's something for everyone at TED.

Candy Leung writes:
The difference between Lincoln and LBJ seems to be whom they chose to surround them at times of difficulties. At least the former had friends who saw his moments of vulnerability early enough, whereas LBJ only realised he needed that rather too late. Ultimately, love is the bedrock of life, and the source of energy and motivation for ambition and play.

Andre Natta writes:
Perhaps the lesson learned from Ms. Goodwin's words is to remember that we can find the purpose to press on, regardless of what obstacles are in our way. I'll thank Ms. Goodwin for that any day of the week.

And we are grappling to understand the E8 model in Garrett Lisi's's talk "Beautiful new theory of everything":

Grant Brayshaw writes:
E8 looks like the universe's genome. Beautiful work.

Dan Gross says:
As Lisi speaks of nature's "perfect balance" across multiple dimensions, I can only think of a giant game of Sudoku on a nanoparticle level. Simply amazing

Timothy Wood writes:
Wow. I am very impressed. I feel very stupid, but very impressed. In the social sciences there is this dirty little word called "physics envy" ... If anyone's ever wondered what it is that makes people envious, well, there you go.

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