This is not a traditional blog post, but a talking blog post in the form of a TED talk that I gave last month in Maribor, Slovenia. So for the first time, I shall be talking rather than writing to you, which I think (or hope) is an improvement.

You might find that I take a short while to get into gear: that's because it felt rather uncomfortable being up on stage. The lights were incredibly hot and bright, so bright that I couldn't even see my audience! And the shy and retiring person in me certainly did not enjoy having five or six cameras pointing at him from all angles and directions.

Anyway, I hope that you find the ideas worthwhile. Comments are welcome and I will reply to them as soon and best as I can.

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Neel Burton is author of The Meaning of MadnessThe Art of Failure: The Anti Self-Help GuideHide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deceptionand other books.

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