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Talks Intellectual Content Interesting

Published 10/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Keen Talks is an online library of videos covering a gamut of topics for the expansion of knowledge. Users may view these videos from intellectuals and experts all over the world.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Keen Talks was founded in 2011. It is an independent online educational resource containing a variety of lectures, debates, interviews, and presentations. Unique visitors to the site range from 300-6,500 per month.

What are the differences to other apps?

Keen Talks consists only of videos of lectures or other presentations that provide some kind of intellectual engagement. There is a wide range of topics, but each is presented by an expert or authority in their given field of knowledge. These are publicly available, but offered in one searchable application.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Keen Talks is uncluttered and straightforward. The home page offers a select list of featured talks, lectures, interviews and debates to choose from. They range from pop culture - an interview with Lady Gaga, to Modern Physics and Classical Mechanics.

Browsing categories, some contain more videos than others. Entertainment has only two videos, while science has many pages of videos.

Speakers include Bill Gates, Christopher Hitchens, Conan O'Brien, David Attenborough, David Lynch, Douglas Adams, Leonard Susskind, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and more.

Some examples of presentations include: Death and the Present Moment; Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio Exposed; Giving Thanks in a Vacuum; Intelligent Design: Creationism; Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?; Leonardo's Universe; My Experience with Autism; Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception; Sugar: The Bitter Truth; Symmetry, Art, and Illusion and many, many more.

Videos range in length and each one offers users the ability to "Like" on Facebook, Tweet, G+, submit to StumbleUpon, or Pin to Pinterest. The videos are linked to Youtube, so users may have to close the advertising window at the bottom of each video screen. Each video is accompanied by a brief description, tags, length of the video, and the opportunity to comment, following the stated comment policy. Users must login via Disqus to comment.

Users may choose to subscribe to email updates in talks or receive updates via RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter, or Google +.

Options for viewing include Browse All, The List (of all talks), Archives (by speaker, category, topic, and year), Random, and Search.

Advertising is minimal in one square panel on the top right of the screen. It is unobtrusive and does not divert attention from the content.

Overall, this is a great site with a wealth of knowledge for any person seeking intellectual information via lecture or talk online.

How does the registration process work?

No registration is necessary to view the content in Keen Talks.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no cost associated with Keen Talks.

Who would you recommend the application to?

There is a huge audience for this type of application. Students researching topics may find a primary source discussing the material they are seeking on Keen Talks. Researchers can use the application to find desired information. Anyone with curiosity about almost any topic is likely to find interesting, authoritative content on this website.

  • View Popular Talks
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  • Newsletter
  • Browse by category, topic, or speaker
  • Search function
  • Access to archived talks

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