This is a collection of presentations at the annual TED conference. To TED’s credit, it is making this available to the “rest of us.” (Many thanks to Thomas Wenzl for bringing this to my attention.)

Each year, TED hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. The talks they deliver have had had such a great impact, we thought they deserved a wider audience. So now – with our sponsor BMW and production partner WNYC/New York Public Radio we’re sharing some of the most remarkable TED talks with the world at large. Each week, we’ll release a new talk, in audio and video, to download or watch online. For best effect, plan to listen to at least three, start to finish. They have a cumulative effect…

    Rick Warren

    Pastor Rick Warren is author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold 30 million copies worldwide. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 21:46)

    Dan Dennett

    Dan Dennett is a Tufts philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, most famous for his books, Consciousness Explained (1991) and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995). In this talk, he responds to the presentation by Pastor Rick Warren, taking issue with claims in his book, The Purpose-Driven Life. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 25:29)

    Julia Sweeney

    Julia Sweeney is a comedian and playwright, performing here an excerpt from “Letting Go of God.” (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Joshua Prince-Ramus

    Joshua Prince-Ramus is architect of the Seattle Public Library and principal of REX (Ramus-Ella Architects). (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Al Gore

    Al Gore, in his own words, “used to be the next President of the United States of America” but has since changed professions. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Sir Ken Robinson

    Sir Ken Robinson is author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, and a leading expert on innovation and human resources. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Majora Carter

    Majora Carter is the Macarthur-winning founder of Sustainable South Bronx, an organization dedicated to holistic community development, sponsoring projects that create jobs, protect the environment and bring beautiful green space to the inner city. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    David Pogue

    David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for The New York Times, an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Tony Robbins

    Tony Robbins is father of the life-coaching industry. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

    Hans Rosling

    Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)