Universal Fear

Astronaut Chris Hadfield at TED, Casey Neistat surfs in J. Crew, the origins of Matthew Dear and more in our weekly look at the web

Known around the world for his floating rendition of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” retired astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield took the stage at TED this week to discuss the connection between fear and danger, and the importance of changing perceptions in order to accomplish your dreams. From his vivid description of a rocket ship’s intense liftoff to going blind in space, the Canadian astronaut relayed some of the scariest moments in his life, but acknowledged for some it’s the same as encountering a spiderweb. No matter the scale, Hadfield explains you can live out your dreams—to go places, to see and accomplish things—through the practice of reprograming your primal fears.