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Danger Lampost

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What is your New Year's resolution?

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to achieve personal goals, or reforming a bad habit. This is an ancient tradition, and one that I believe still serves a valuable function.

Yet a 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that only 12% of those who set New Year's resolutions succeed in keeping them. What gives?

"Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions" So says Frank Ra, author of "A Course in Happiness".

In the spirit of inspiring all of us to achieve worthy goals, I ask in this public forum: What is your New Year's resolution this year?

If I can, in a year's time I'll post a conversation here entitled something like, "How did you do on last year's resolution?" So, if you're still here too, you can refer back to this conversation and answer.


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  • Dec 25 2012: I resolve to fight censorship and support freedom.

    Let me begin with a question for TED:

    Why is the Nick Hanauer talk STILL not published on the TED website?

    Do you like censorship? Do you visit TED in search of mental stimulation? Do you want them to censor the ideas they don't like?

    The censorship of this talk was certainly NOT because the topic of income inequality is "not interesting enough", which was the official excuse. They have published many talks related to income inequality, and they have published many talks that were much less interesting on various subjects. I believe that it was the combination of his passion and skill in delivering his message that scared TED into censoring it.

    In short, TED is afraid of offending their donors. How many other talks have been censored just to keep the money flowing?

    I used to visit TED quite often in search of interesting new ideas. His talk was one of the most interesting I ever saw associated with TED, the talk was delivered at a TED meeting, and yet it has never been published on the TED website itself. The official explanation is obviously bogus on both counts: It was more interesting than many talks which have been published, and it has many ideas worth spreading.

    Today I had some free time. I used to spend some of my free time viewing videos on TED, but I stopped because of my dislike of censorship. It saddens me, but I will not support TED or even visit their website as long as I regard them as just another bunch of censors.

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