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What I learned from going blind in space | Chris Hadfield

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There's an astronaut saying: In space, "there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse." So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web. Watch for a special space-y performance. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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ThatCampingOwl (1 hour ago)
That was beautiful
LilBig Mike (1 hour ago)
Hes wrong. ALL spiders are venomous. every spider has fangs which carries venom
2xenos1 (1 hour ago)
Joseph Pembroke (1 hour ago)
if you don't think this guy is the fucking man, you're not worthy.
crazieeez (2 hours ago)
Goosebump on the song.
Heavy Vacation (2 hours ago)
I think the key to this, an immense, giant, huge key is EDUCATION. How many humans have the opportunity to even be educated about spiders much less how not to get lost in space or survive, without panicking, inches from a vacuum, etc.? I have had only the smallest of educations not by my choice. I am naturally afraid of a lot of things others take for granted, and probably will never be educated enough about those things or even able to try them out. The world is not full of opportunities to conquer fear unless everyone has the chance for intellect and education. So the world is full of frightened people. Oh well!
Cyber Lolo (2 hours ago)
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Chris Selig (3 hours ago)
I love how he had the audience completely spellbound throughout that talk. He's an amazing individual.
Half_Finis (4 hours ago)
I enjoyed that singing
Mylok (6 hours ago)
That's very nice of you. Thank you very much.
Emmanye 69 (8 hours ago)
honestly why on earth do people dislike these videos
Harambe's Ghost (9 hours ago)
Not what I was expecting. I learned from this.
Reagan Stanczak (10 hours ago)
he ruined this whole speech with the spider pictures. i fucking hate spiders
Liam Lond (10 hours ago)
jason townsend (11 hours ago)
He sure has an awesome imagination, he should try non fiction too
Prymasis (11 hours ago)
What do austronaugts even do in space just write down what they see or just chill
Kristina Beaton (12 hours ago)
I saw him live in ottawa once! He's my hero <3 I cry everytime I hear him sing David Bowie <3 <3 <3 Follow your dreams!!! Go to the moon, Chris <3
Timothy Wilson (12 hours ago)
Way cool
Letter L (13 hours ago)
How do you get a dream?
ZSSolomon (14 hours ago)
ectocrafter (14 hours ago)
i like how the method humans use to get into and out of space is literally "throw em up in a tin can and drop em in a meteor"
Edward Nygma (17 hours ago)
Man, after this, I have No Doubt this man doesn't fear walking into Spiderwebs.
MicrophonicFool (17 hours ago)
The man is exceptional in all ways that matter, and obviously when we hear him speak, he tells people exactly how to chase dreams successfully. Every step of his life he had the goal to go to space, he not only did that, but also became one of NASA's premier spokesperson. This dude's military flight career is said to be well beyond normal. Without that endorsement, Chris would NEVER have been recommended to the space program. When it comes to a Canadian who I am proud to be a countryman of, no one comes close! This dude however has orbited the Earth so many times, that he has no real citizenship that makes any sense. He has demonstrated the importance of being a Whole World Being.
TheHumanCentipede (17 hours ago)
Chances of survival: 1 in 9 Age he dreamed about this: 9 Likes on this video: 99k
Hassan Amjad (18 hours ago)
No Chris, the most dangerous thing you did was dropping a deuce in zero gravity.
Sargentleman (19 hours ago)
"I guarantee you, if you walk through 100 spider webs, you will have changed your fundamental human behavior." Well, duh. You've built up a habit of walking through spider webs.
Bluraz (19 hours ago)
alpha male... some are born with it, some must work for it... but once you achieve one thing you never thought possible, you find you can do anything you want
Viktor Pedrova (19 hours ago)
I through it was one of those particles. I hear that up there, there's little flashes of light that is generated from particles, unfiltered by the atmosphere, hitting your retina. ...and so I figured it could cause at least temporary blindness.
adrian5b (20 hours ago)
That's one good vibratto
Will Riling (21 hours ago)
I still say astronauts/cosmonauts are still some of the greatest heroes of all time. they stare fear and danger in the face and just walk on past.
NewJak14 (22 hours ago)
This man is a true Canadian hero
Major Angel (23 hours ago)
And it's all B U L L S H I T.
Kaden The cool dude (1 day ago)
I thought he went blind in space, like can't see
Victor Reznov (1 day ago)
So he sung Bowie but can he walk like Jackson
Kevin Lee (1 day ago)
"What I learned from going blind in space" It was hard to see stuff. There, I saved you eighteen minutes.
DL (1 day ago)
So you've lived your entire life from the age of 9 to get to this one singular point time. Your life and professional career have been driven by the primary ambition you've just realized. Now what ? Not too many of us can point to a distinct zenith in our career or personal lives like that. Through his whole narrative, I was thinking "yep, that's exactly the reason I love diving so much".
9nikolai (1 day ago)
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the title: "Who gave away the whole Earth for your sight to get back?"
Daniel Moir (1 day ago)
'Chris Hadfield advocates demolishing spider homes'
btrim1974 (1 day ago)
What an amazing man
rachel (1 day ago)
The thing is, I'm scared of ladybirds and butterflies as well
Justin Dinh (1 day ago)
Wow love this
Because I'm Batman! (1 day ago)
Were the people dead souls there? They never applauded or laughed at his lil jokes. 4:08 nobody applauded that epic launch. Chris Hadfield is epic.
legaliciousM (1 day ago)
I think it's hard to fathom how rare astronauts who have actually ''lived'' in space are. I mean there are so so so many more lottery winners than there are people who have actually been to space. I love everything about these people. Their braveness, intelligence, their charisma and their will do risk their lives to live their dream. Respect.
Jack Parkhouse (1 day ago)
scrambo mills (1 day ago)
he should stick to his day job
Thecanadianwitch (1 day ago)
proud canadian here.
KAOSON (1 day ago)
So ???
Plasma xander (1 day ago)
he messed up space odditys lyrics or was that intentional? either way otherwise great presentation RUINED
Plasma xander (1 day ago)
i was joking but okay
paul sticks (1 day ago)
Plasmabitch Chris Hadfield's son re wrote the lyrics so the astronaut lives at the end, With David Bowie's permission btw. He contacted him asked if it was ok to do the whole thing, one of the last cool things Mr Bowie got to experience before he died.
poolman0302 (1 day ago)
Alive underneath you like a helium balloon in a container with jet engines OK big jet engines
DL (1 day ago)
Rockets, not jets :)....but yeah.
Yexin (1 day ago)
What I learned while headless on the Great Canyon
Neil Allender (1 day ago)
Lexidius (1 day ago)
Wow, you can really feel the emotion at the end. This is a man who stared God in the face, saw the flames and horns, then came out with the balls to face anything.
I'm Sail (1 day ago)
Fucking astronauts man. *Gives entire presentation on space in vivid detail* *Then picks up an acoustic guitar and covers a David Bowie Song including live vocals*
Andrew Lankford (1 day ago)
Did he get hairy palms too?
BlueZombieBlood (1 day ago)
Every time I hear him play the song I cry...
NorthernLight (1 day ago)
"And you're holding on with one hand, looking at the World turn beside you. It's like, roaring silently with colour and texture". That is beautifully put :)
GALxc ! (1 day ago)
He got blind! How horrible!!
burjalmadre (1 day ago)
Somehow this gave me a clear perspective on my own battle with anxiety.
Rafiki Dog (1 day ago)
This man is an icon and I want to be him 😔✊
Alexander Holland (1 day ago)
i teared up at the space shuttle launch
tiddleywheel54 (1 day ago)
The ad before this video was a Chris Hadfield masterclass ad
Ken (2 days ago)
Such an inspirational story. It reminds me of the time I was in the shower and some shampoo got into my eyes. I had no idea what happened. I just felt this burning sensation and shut my eyes closed. Fortunately from a lifetime of training I knew exactly what to do. I called 911.
Ken (8 hours ago)
Don't be ridiculous. I shower with my cell phone.
Bram Moerman (9 hours ago)
You must have a loud voice. . .
Vanessa Forsythe (10 hours ago)
I think you need to get out more 😊
Todd Olson (2 days ago)
Shaking? Shooting straight up rockets pushing off earths atmosphere, ok... Then it starts curving, the shuttle is disconnected from the rocket, the rocket falls INto the ocean and the shuttle flys off to an undisclosed area only to return a few days later and lands as a plane would normally. This is mass hypnotism on a grand scale.
Jeroen Tel (2 days ago)
<3 I just love it... I would not hesitate a second to experience that! Bro-hug to Chris Hadfield, also for all the cool videos he posted from the ISS.
leighmossien2009 (2 days ago)
How did they get through the dome ??
Christopher Parco (1 day ago)
leighmossien2009 What are you? Talking about?
Michael one (2 days ago)
What a lot of bullshit
Blood Tatar (2 days ago)
At 1:40 that's Barney's dad from How I Met Your Mother LOL Am I the only one that noticed him!?
Stephanie Baca (2 days ago)
What an extraordinary human being 👏🏽❤️
Amin Amirkhani (2 days ago)
Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity is the best thing i've ever watched
joe (2 days ago)
Chris Hadfield is an absolute liar and fraud
Thomas Kundera (1 day ago)
Razamadaz (2 days ago)
Smart guy.And an inspiration to others.
Bongo Frenzy (2 days ago)
fear the middle class for they are managing our entire species to the brink of the ecological abyss.
Chandler Tolbert (2 days ago)
The 975 people that disliked are Flat Earthers
Bleach & Cereal (2 days ago)
im not going to walk through that gotdamn spider web thats nasty
No joke, as I was watching this, (I’m in the car) a spider popped up from behind my phone, an I slammed my phone into the floor in front of me.
Jack Daniel (2 days ago)
fear is in no way related to danger...but this just really shows, in a small glimpse, that life is so small and fragile; one minute hes 9 year old boy dreaming of going to space, the next been there and done that, its all over. i guess the point of this video is dont ever let fear stop you from doing something because before you know it, it will all be over. one minute your dreaming about something scary, the next its over and your a 55 year old.
Josip Miller (2 days ago)
Tht is really remarkable. These are brave people, and I am speaking from perspective of ex- soldier.
Danesh Tabrizi (2 days ago)
john phillips (2 days ago)
Just another NASA deceiver. Eternity is to long to get this wrong. Accept Jesus Christ today, we are not promised a tomorrow. It is a free gift, take it. Do yourselves a favour and check out these channels, ODD World and The Potters Clay.
Jay Buckey (2 days ago)
"Space may be the Final Frontier, but it's made in a Hollywood basement" Red Hot Chili Peppers lyrics to "Californication"
Thomas Kundera (1 day ago)
And what does RHCP knows about space?
98k likes and 972 dislikes coming from FLATards
Dennis Cambly (2 days ago)
This made America a great innovator.
Esme Osgood (2 days ago)
It'll be years and years later but still inspirational, yeh!
Markus De (2 days ago)
One of the most inspiring guys out there.
MamaSheCrazy (2 days ago)
What a perfect human. Except maybe that mustache.
Adam Brandford (2 days ago)
When's Africa going to space?
weakzard (2 days ago)
cockpit..... heh.....
Ava Yu (2 days ago)
Wonderful human!
Stray (2 days ago)
Dear Gorilla (2 days ago)
Speaking of spiders, I used to be terrified of them like any other person on this planet. Then I bought a tarantula. Named it "Tarantino". Played with it daily. Nothing happened. Instead, I got cured.
Delaney Bradford (2 days ago)
I get his point 100%, but for clarity, virtually all, if not all spiders are venomous. There are just very few whose venom poses a practical risk to humans. TECHNICALLY CORRECT GIRL, AWAY!!!
iskandartaib (2 days ago)
I don't agree about walking through the spiderwebs, though.. it inconveniences the spider and ruins its day.
MemeDealerDavid (2 days ago)
shOW oFf
Great. Now I feel even worse for living on this planet trying to survive by doing a life draining job and having only few hrs a day to do what I actually love if I decide to be sleep deprived.
Nicholas Maietta (2 days ago)
I get emotional every time i see a launch. Amazing.
Lawrence Peetz (2 days ago)
Do you knowMr Hadfield , lying to the respected public has no greater offence and if you don't stop you will be prosecuted
Alex Siemers (2 days ago)
When exactly is he being dishonest?
august (2 days ago)
what an amazing man.
quadrplax (3 days ago)
The Soyuz has a third option: back on the ground after safely surviving an abort
Cam Baker (3 days ago)
When he said or you’ll be dead he was smirking but nobody else laughed
Stephen Clarkson (3 days ago)
Love that at the end he says "that's very nice of you" What a man.

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