There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at


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  2. This was five years ago; would you still advocate the same approach now? It seems like even you wrote off the fringes, and those are the ones shouting the loudest these days.

  3. Don't know about lunch but I get a chance to play music together at local open mikes with lots of "Others". From atheist to agnostic to deep believers in religion and the spirituality of life. Dems, Rep, Indies and apathetic we all get along just to play music.

  4. I mean a talk is not only amazing but also wonderfull.we live in diffrent lifes and in different ideas.but we have to be espect towards each other.ıf we respect to other's idea they respect for us . eventually we are all human and all us  are gointo go same area.I am of the think that life is short but significant so we must be know value of it.

  5. Time after time for about a decade now I've seen the Democrats and Republicans insult the living daylights out of each other and it's just made me hate both parties' guts and I don't even live in America. Take note.

  6. to know whats hidden, to understand whats a mystery and then to observe being the right and the wrong together !!
    thanks for the understanding ! 🙂 😀

  7. It's a little disturbing how even TED talks tend to chronically keep under representing minority & colored women. Progressive policy is to give a voice to the underprivileged. Yet, the very women in society who still suffer the most from pressure of conservatism & the religious right, and who lack social mobility and financial independence most often, are time & again being sidelined in favor of upper middle class white women.

    In the year 2013, something about this mentality is really worrying.

  8. Why does this video have so many thumbs down? Kind of funny that the votes should be so…divisive. Personally, as someone with a bit of conservative and liberal in me, I find the idea pretty outstanding. I don't know what to label myself. Some might call me a libertarian, but I dislike their "self first" ethic. Or a conservative, but I dislike their social morals. Or a liberal, but I dislike their trust in government. I'd like to think I'm intelligent enough to be authentic and honest. Are you?


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