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Top Five Most Fascinating Websites for the Curious Adult

Updated on July 14, 2014

TED

TED is a non-profit website and organization devoted to fulfilling "Ideas Worth Spreading". Launched in 1984 as a conference for bringing people together its inception was inspired by three separate yet equally valuable mediums: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Over time its scope has become wider and more influential. Along with two annual conferences, the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland each summer, TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

TEDTalks Isabel Allende



Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

BIGTHINK

BIGTHINK is an unlimited source of BIG ideas and BIG idea hunters. Topics of discussion and contemplation are arranged under seven subject headings such as Earth and Beyond and Power and Influence. Big ideas are doors being flung open to unleash knowledge for a brighter future. Each video or article on bigthink.com and on the educational platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is on the forefront of change taking place right now. Creative insights and innovative ideas will have the power to shape all of our lives for the better. The emerging leaders, scientists and educators discuss their own inspiring stories and personal struggles.

OPEN CULTURE

OpenCulture.com gives the world access to thousands of free downloads, online courses, K-12 resources, audio books, movies, language lessons and a hundreds of other fascinating subjects. You can even suggest a link or easily share information directly from the site .Open Culture is "the best free cultural & educational media on the web."

INTERNET ARCHIVE

Internetarchive.org provides the most curious scholar and student of life with "universal access to all knowledge " The archive gives you unlimited resources to video, text, web, Live Music Archives, movies and so much more. Want to relive a blast from the Internet past? Try the Internet Archive Wayback Machine . It's a service that allows you to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. As they say "Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible."


SNAG FILMS

SnagFilms .com. Not only does Snag Films give you access to almost every Indie or documentary film ever made for FREE it has a section titled Filmanthropy. Filmanthropy is a powerful mixture of film and philanthropy for aspiring film makers or those who contribute their advocating skills to a worthy cause.

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  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    kidcrafts,

    Thank you for reading. Th websites mentioned are a few of my favorite sites and I'm so pleased that HUB readers are enjoying them too. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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    kidscrafts 

    5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    I watched several of the TED videos. I like the variety of subjects and the quality! I will have to explore the other websites that you mentionned as they seem quite interesting as well!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Voted up, useful and interesting!

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    Nicole S Hanson 

    5 years ago from Minnesota

    I regularly enjoy Ted Talks, I like the podcasts that they have out as well. Thanks for sharing these sites! :)

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting, xstatic. If I had more hours in the day I would produce more HUBS.I Appreciate you stopping by.

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    Audrey, thank you for reading and commenting. I have enjoyed reading many of your beautiful, insightful poems and look forward to more.

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    Jim Higgins 

    5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is great! some of these I had never heard of. Thanks!

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    Audrey Howitt 

    5 years ago from California

    What a great list! Thank you Lisa!

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    You too Colin. You really are brilliant.

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    epigramman 

    5 years ago

    lol ....yeah me know, lol, me know. Me too. lol

    That's another one like You Tube, endless, so much to do and see and not enough time to do it in.

    Well my friend it was great hanging out with you tonight and I will drop by tomorrow again and I will spread the word about your great hubspace too.

    Thank you for dropping by and reading some of my work - that really made me very happy. Bye for now and sweet dreams

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    Snagfilms....I could be on that site all day.

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    Thank you, Colin. There is so much to explore my fellow curious friend. Thats why I spend more time reading when I should be writing.

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    epigramman 

    5 years ago

    Wow Lisa - what a tremendous hub offering here - definitely one in which I will bookmark for future reference as I often say the internet is always 'just the tip of the iceberg.'

    And you can tell by the way I write, I am a curious fellow, lol, and I can tell by your eclectic hub selections you are a very curious lady.

    Great minds think alike.

    lake erie time 2:11am

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    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    IndikaT, thank you for reading the Hub.

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    IndikaT 

    5 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka

    Great list, I wanna go through each of them. Thanks for sharing...

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR

    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    So glad to hear the positve responses regarding TED Talks, DIYmommy. Anyone who is fascinated with people and ideas will love this site. Sir Ken Robinson, JJ Abrahms, Isabel Allende and Elizabeth Gilbert have given some of my favorite past presentations. Thank you for reading the HUB.

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    Julie 

    5 years ago

    Recently, my husband has been watching some TED Talks while laying in bed at night. I can't help it but my curiosity has been piqued recently, and I'm starting to watch them with him. It seems like there is no end to these talks....we could watch them together for a very long time. Not only are they informative, but some of the speakers are actually fairly entertaining, as well. A recent one my husband had watching featured Seth Godin. Now, that guy is the epitome of public speaking. Thanks for the great hub!

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    LKMore01 

    5 years ago

    Thank you, Billy. There are so many excellent TED Talks you can be on the site for hours.

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great collection. I know I love TED Talks so I'll check out the rest of these. Thanks!

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