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Jordan Reeves

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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.


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    Apr 20 2012: Wow, if I had EVERYONE in the world's attention....it would have to be, revolution. Not anarchy, not bloodshed, but change becasue it's obvious it's time to change this broken record.
    The lesson I would like everyone to learn is that just because things in the world are the way they are, doesn't mean they have to stay like that. There is enough for everyone, it's not a dream and it's not beyond your power. Not once EVERYONE (or at least the vast majority) agrees and moves in the same direction, then nothing can stop us from creating the world that we all know we SHOULD be creating. :)

    Oh, also, we need to go into space, but that can wait until we learn how to treat our own planet and peoples. We don't wanna go out there making the same childish mistakes(we couldn't afford that kinda GRAND SCALE FECK UP) :)
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      Apr 21 2012: Viva La RevoluciĆ³n.
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        Apr 21 2012: Derek, tu hablas espanol?
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          Apr 21 2012: It was a french expression used during the french revolution during the beheading of marie antoinette and louis XVI, or it is how I correlate revolution in my head. haha!

          Though I know mucho poquito espanol. Don't test me on it. haha!
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        Apr 21 2012: Well, if you want to memorize some phrases in spanish let me know.....see, even though you are an adult, still you must first memorize to learn knowledge, then understand what you have learned and use it wisely and finally teach it to others..........I love that TED conversations can be spread around.

        Be Well.......Cuidate (pronounced queedahte.......literally 'take care of yourself')
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      Apr 21 2012: Agreed ... but the revolution needs to take into accounts the constraints of the human mind. There are reasons why things are the way they are, and some of them are not about the pressure of historical events. They are about how we make sense of the world around us, and how we constantly keep messing it up.

      The evolution of human societies are a little like the development of weather systems. Once an idea takes hold, it can turn into a veritable storm. Human beings will belive in the most preposterous things, if enough people around them are (pretending to?) believe the same. This type of factor will limit our ability to "construct" ideal societies, and are one reason why revolutions go astray, why they bring the "wrong" kind of people into power, and why they tend to derail and have unintended consequences.
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        Apr 21 2012: Yes, I hear what you're saying Jorgen.
        I have a modicum of faith and hope for mankind that we can create a fair and just world. With societies based on equality and fairness, not just greed, everywhere you look greed !! And with leaders who care and or, are fearful of the people, not the other way around :)))

        A pleasure discussing it with you.
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          Apr 22 2012: Likewise! I'm concerned because the usual pattern in human interaction seems to be that the greater the need becomes for peaceful cooperation, the more that cooperation breaks down.

          Biologists have shown that inside a closed group, selfish individuals tend to outcompete cooperative individuals, and that in competition between groups, coooperative groups tend to outcompete groups dominated by selfishness.

          Afghanistan, Somalia and Haiti seem to be examples of how this translates to human societies when they come up against severe environmental constraints. These societies are dominated by intra-group rather than intergroup competition, which sort of explains why internal cohesion break down and the whole area descends into chaos. If the world is getting hotter (never mind the cause), we're going to have a LOT more people living in such environments 10 years from now, which will mean more strife, more hunger and more illegal immigrants.

          As for the US, I'm seeing development there from the outside, and my analysis could be quite similar to yours: Right now, the place is on the path towards a revolution. I hope it's going to be a peaceful one, and that the people it brings into power will be unlike Stalin or Robspierre. More likely, I believe that your amazing society will manage to absorb the strain in time and turn it into constructive change, rather than destructive explosion. But you HAVE to find a way to limit inherited privilege.

    • Apr 23 2012: I couldn't agree more. Thanks

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