We’re thrilled to share the theme for TEDMED 2020: Make Way For Wonder.
With this announcement we also officially open registration for TEDMED 2020 at a special Early Bird rate! Join our passionate and diverse community this March 2-4 at an exciting new home in Boston – and for a limited time, we’re offering a special early registration rate of $1,000 off the registration fee.
TEDMED 2020: Make Way For Wonder
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” — Neil Armstrong
The earliest philosophers regarded “wonder” as the foundational emotion that compels humans to explore, to learn, and to seek answers to life’s fundamental questions. Wonder – about our lives, our bodies, and our world – fuels an intense passion for learning. Indeed, “philosophia,” translated literally, means “love of wisdom.” As Plato described it: “Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”
But, what is Wonder?
It’s the feeling we get when experiencing the beauty of new life as it’s born into the world. It’s the euphoria we feel from unlocking secrets in the intricacies of our genetic makeup, or the curiosity that provokes us to expand the capabilities of the human brain. It’s the insatiable inquisitiveness that drives a researcher toward an astonishing discovery that saves millions of lives around the world. It’s the awe felt when standing at a precipice looking down at the Grand Canyon. Or the humbling acknowledgement of our place in an incomprehensibly vast universe. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring thing of all is that this feeling of wonder is firmly grounded in solid realities.
Today, we live in a world of sudden and surprising accomplishments, an era of astonishing possibilities, and an age of ongoing achievements happening in every single field. Let’s embrace the wonder in each step that humanity takes forward.
Now is the time for us to make way for wonder. It’s time we intentionally cultivate our sense of awe and our desire for new knowledge. It’s time to celebrate all we’re discovering and all that is yet to be discovered. It’s time to revel in our innocence, our capacity for delight, joy, and amazement.
When we allow ourselves time to muse and to marvel, to be energized with wonder, great advancements will follow. When we emerge from our silos, we have the opportunity to broaden our laser-like focus. When we step back and take time to look deeper, we can see with a wider perspective.
The results can be transformative. New doors are opened. New horizons reveal themselves. New possibilities suddenly leap from wild speculation, to well-grounded theory, to working reality.
At TEDMED 2020, we will connect with an invisible force that has been propelling humanity forward for millennia. Join us as we experience the power and possibilities that come to us when we make way for wonder.