All too familiar with all the things he had done or not done in his life, novelist Keiichiro Hirano had trouble accepting himself as a “good” or a “bad” person, until he realized that maybe he was a bit more complicated than that.

Above, moments from his beautiful TEDxKyoto talk, “Love others to love yourself.” (In Japanese with English subtitles)

Watch the whole talk here»

Do you think parents should be able to select their children’s talents and personalities, or do you want to run and hide in the woods at the thought of it? Whatever your opinion, philosopher Julian Savulescu wants you to take the question seriously.

Julian is the director of The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics at Oxford University and his TEDxBarcelona talk — "Pills that improve morality" — proposes the fascinating idea that humans may have a moral imperative to use advancements in biology and psychology to augment and improve human morality.

Read more in the TED Blog’s interview with Julian»

It’s not necessarily the talks [that make a TEDx event important], but rather the thought process it stimulates and the conversations it starts.

That’s the real success to a TEDx event. Local speakers touch relevant issues in a local community. This stimulates local conversations and makes local people think. Is this not a catalyst to innovation and problem solving?

That, in my opinion, is why a TEDx event is so important.

From Jonathan Darker’s meditation on TEDxPretoria in South Africa, “What’s the big deal about TEDx?

Every day TEDx events are being held and organized all over the world. To find an event near you to attend or to learn more about organizing an event yourself, check out our website.

Architect Michael Pawlyn is one of the designers behind the Eden Project, a cluster of biodomes built in a 160-year-old clay quarry in Cornwall, England. Together, these biodomes house thousands of plant species from all over the world.

In a talk at TEDxLondonCity2.0, Pawlyn shows how he builds structures that mimic nature — from bird skulls to beetle wings, from slime mold to termite mounds.

For the Eden Project, Pawlyn’s team studied the structure of honeycomb. dragonfly wings, and bubbles.

Watch the whole talk here»

(Photos via Inhabitat)