Friday, April 26, 2013

What is Beauty?

Are you familiar with TED?  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  In a series of conferences at various venues throughout the country, people - some famous, some not - give a short talk.  The subjects of the talks are, well, everything.  It may be an idea or an experience or a product.

NPR has a show called The TED Radio Hour which I listened to on my drive home last Sunday.  The subject was "What is Beauty?"  Despite the fact that the temperature has been chilly, it's still Spring and Memphis is at its most beautiful (IMHO) with the azaleas, dogwoods, cherries, redbuds, tulips, iris, and I could go on and on.

Margaret Wolfe Hungerford said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  But is there something that is considered beautiful by people of all cultures?  Turns out there is!  So take a break from your gardening, fix a cup of tea, and settle down to explore beauty with NPR and TED.

p.s. - One of my favorite TED talks is by brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor who studied her own stroke as it happened.

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