Ted Talks

August 4, 2006 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Began downloading the Ted Talks the other day and I am rather impressed. Daniel Dennet (who I blogged about before) seems a lot more sensical and his ideas far more pratical coming diretic from him. His ideas that religion has evolved or been shaped by cultural forces is a given taken the paradigms of much thought today, but his suggestions about creating a more open marketplace for religious ideas that rests on is assumptions seem well grounded and realistic.

Cameron Sinclair is the founder of archeticure for humanity (which I just brutally misspelled) and is a Worldchanging contributor. His talk goes over the formation of his NGO and it’s effects and plans. It’s rather interesting in the way it approached aid from an angle that both co-opts the marketplace, but ending with a qoute from Buckminster Fuller and ideals that seem to push the other way.

Al Gore’s speech is more remarkable for it’s humor than it’s ideas most of which we’re already familar with (buy more energy effecient devices and be a green consumer). Gore, much like Jim Hansen’s recent speeches, really highlights what’s wrong with global warming groups, their consistent conviction that the Government needs to get involved, while Cameron Sinclair’s highlights what’s right about NGOs, their ability to inact change at a much faster rate. What’s still lacking environmentally is a large scale NGO harnessing the power of tinkers the way Sinclair’s group does. Gore has recently started a new investment firm so perhaps he’s already on the next thing.

Nicholas Negroponte outlines his one laptop per child program which is rather nice.

Ted Robinson, who I’d never heard of before, perhaps has one of the best qoutes I’ve ever heard, “Our education system has mined our mines in the way that we’ve strip minded the earth for a paticular commodity.” Mr. Robinson’s arguement is that intelligence is variable (duh) and that our education systems narrow down to over-valueing industrial era values of intelligence and squandering people who inherintly utilize other strategies. Ted’s speech is unfortunately light and nebulous on exact solutions, but he hits the major problem head on.

Majora Carter’s speech is definitely interesting not only in how remarkably pratical she is, but also the passions with which she argues. Her example of Bogota is also nice.

Hans Rosling manages to make models that are not only interesting, but should be required for any student of the world. He’s a professor in Sweden and the maker of gapminder.com which is a treasure trove of interactive maps of information.

These two I have finished. The Warren one is rick.



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