TED Talks presenters (clockwise from upper left) Andrés Ruzo, Lisa Genova, Robert Waldinger, and Anna Heringer

Four recent TED Talks, streamed over the Internet and presented on the “big screen” in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room, are scheduled for Thursday (March 15), beginning at 3:30 p.m.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The talks to be presented Wednesday are:

“The boiling river of the Amazon,” by Andrés Ruzo. Investigating a childhood legend led Ruzo to the Shanay-timpishka, the “Boiling River” of the Amazon, and a sacred site to the indigenous tribes, where the water can reach over 203° F. The greatest mystery of this place: How can a “boiling river” exist 700 km (435 miles) from the nearest volcanic center?

“What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s, by Lisa Genova.  Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says Genova, a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain.

 “The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings,” by Anna Heringer. “There are a lot of resources given by nature for free — all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them,” says architect Anna Heringer. She uses low-tech materials like mud and bamboo to create structures from China to Switzerland, Bangladesh and beyond.

“What makes a good life?” by Robert Waldinger. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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