I'm delighted to announce that I'll be one of the speakers at TED 2011. Every year, the TED conference presents a dazzling array of speakers and ideas; this year's event, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 4, is organized around the theme, "The Rediscovery of Wonder." I'm honored and thrilled to be sharing the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Roger Ebert, and many other brilliant writers, thinkers, and doers. You can check out the full conference program here.
Okay, maybe you don’t have strong beliefs about the “right” way to load a dishwasher, or about your sweetheart’s propensity to do it “wrong.” In that case, either you are unusually saintly or (like me) you don’t own a dishwasher. But you almost certainly get involved in domestic disputes about who’s right and who’s wrong all the time; we all do. Although interpersonal arguments can have a number of causes – from serious and painful breaches in trust to the fact that we haven’t had our coffee yet – an impressive number of them amount to a tug-of-war over who possesses the truth. We fight over the right to be right.