I have been watching TED talks on YouTube recently. I should immediately qualify myself that many of them are "TEDx" talks, which are just licensed events that aren't organized by the same company, so they don't carry quite the same caché. There is so much buzz around TED, and the videos I have watched have all had several million viewers (I think I started with a list of 50 of the most popular ones), that I thought there must be something really interesting or useful about them. With titles like "How to Make Healthy Eating Unbelievably Easy," "How to Retire by Twenty," and "How to Learn Any Language in Six Months," it is easy to be seduced into thinking there is valuable information here. I have a normal scepticism about outrageous claims, so I don't really expect to accomplish any of these things myself, but I did hope I would learn some valuable techniques from them.