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Thank you for following this live blog by Red Pers & AWE!

After eight interesting TED-talks, amazing performances, and around 40 blogposts on this page, we would like to thank you for following this year’s TEDxAUCollege event. We hope you either enjoyed the show at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute, or you were able to have the TED-experience via this page! This live blog was brought...

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Last, but not least!

Last, but definitely not least: Michiel van Elk with his talk on “Neuroenchantment and the Power of Placebo”. 🧠 He says raising medical expectations will result in a superplacebo 💥 #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/mx3bfoAoBA — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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Musical Intermezzo!

We are treated with a musical intermezzo consisting of voice, saxophone and piano by friends Eva Bottinga and Marie Chaplet 🎶 Everyone’s in awe! #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/Mmb6WGbNyg — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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How Nature Has Already Solved Many of Today’s Issues

“Have you ever had an epiphany?” Saskia van den Muijsenberg asks, and then tells about hers: the moment she truly felt part of nature, after she learnt about the impressive way nature handles climate change. Van Muijsenberg’s TED-talk ‘Business Lessons from Nature’ is on biomimicry, about which our reporter Steinar Laenen wrote a blogpost earlier....

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Humans of TEDxAUCollege: Mia Szymanski

“A year ago, I went to India with a friend to become a yoga teacher. Yoga made me realize how everything is connected: mind, body, and people. My thoughts affect my doings, and my doings affect other people. I don’t teach yoga at the moment, but I try to practice it as often as...

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How do you feel? “GOOD!”

Performer Benji van Beurden tells the story of his brother recovering from brain cancer in a way that make the audience feel both sad and empowered at the same time. He kicks off his performance with some stimulating questions to reactivate the audience after they had dinner. Benji: “How do you feel?” Audience: “Good.” Benji:...

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Up now: Martha Montero-Sieburth – about Death…

The next speaker will be Martha Montero-Sieburth, professor at the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College. In her TED-talk ‘The Celebration of Death a la Mexicana’ she will introduce death as #TheFifthDimension: “The unknown, the undefined, and the undiscovered.” Red Pers’ writer Keeke van Paassen spoke with her about her diverse cultural background, decades...

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“If it rains, then you take an umbrella!”

It’s time for the second talk of TEDx night: “If This Then I: How to be Your Own Robot” by Sander Veenhof. He has some programming-based advice for our previous speaker: If it rains, then you take an umbrella! #TheFifthDimension pic.twitter.com/hsJwyKD84Y — Red Pers (@RedPersNL) March 13, 2018

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Up next: Sander Veenhof! #beyourownrobot

I do not know when we'll enter #TheFifthDimension so therefore my talk at @TEDxAUCollege is about what I do know: it's going to be a challenge to #beyourownrobot when the cloud defines our life in an augmented reality world — Veenhof AR (@sndrv) March 13, 2018

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Let’s stare!

Tonight’s host Reinier Demeijer challenges us to pay less attention to screens – which is indeed challenging to most of us! “Please put your phone away and look one minute in your neighbours eyes,” says Reinier. What follows is some awkward laughing, but then a dedicated audience takes up the challenge and puts down...

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INTERVIEW: How Mexican Culture Opens Discussions on Death

With only a few hours remaining until the start of this year’s TEDxAUCollege event, please take a moment with us and read this interview with Martha Montero-Sieburth. This teacher of Amsterdam University College and the University of Amsterdam will introduce ‘death’ as a fifth dimension. In her words: the unknown, undefined, and undiscovered. Red Pers’...

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INTERVIEW: Last Year’s Pitch Night Winner Saga Norrby

We’re less than eight hours away from TEDxAUCollege presents The Fifth Dimension. From 18:00 on, eight speakers will give their TED-talks in the KIT Royal Tropical Institute. Two of them are the winners of this year’s Pitch Night, Ella MacLaughlin and Mick ter Reehorst. It is a tradition for TEDxAUCollege to give students a chance to pitch...

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INTERVIEW: the winners of the Pitch Night 2018

Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for: TEDxAUCollege presents The Fifth Dimension will kick off tomorrow at 18:00 in the KIT Royal Tropical Institute. TEDxAUCollege will partner up with Are We Europe (AWE) and Red Pers to bring you a live coverage of the event. However, before we take off with that,...