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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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What is the most important thing you've learned on your own?

In three sentences, explain something that you've learned without being told by another person -- something you've figured out all by yourself. Here's an example:

"I learned how to paint with water colors by reading a book and searching for YouTube videos. It took me a while, but I figured out some techniques that really work for me. I'm not an expert yet, but I have discovered a real joy in painting."

It can be anything -- a practical skill (like painting) or a knowledge set (like how to use mathematics).


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  • Mar 14 2013: One, I reasoned in my teens that all gods are a matter of individual perception and therefore no one prays to any one of them which has any real validity. Secondly, the answer to racism, ethnicism, agism, sexism, prejudice and bias is that every person is both unique and has an individual dynamic capacity to grow neurology to accommodate the challenges they place on their minds.

    And sentence number three: the thing we call cyberspace does not yet exist--technology is sophisticated enough to deliver a cyberspace (or secondary plane of human discourse with adjusted conventionalizations of time) but no one actually works on the civil engineering, much less the political decorum of cyberspace itself (unless I include myself). (addendum, cyberspace is an extremely promising concept, but it is used as a buzzword which has resulted in misperception that we have achieved this metaphor. We are not even close with the "search engine" and "web site" models we have primitively deployed so far. There is room for astonishing and world-changing design in mass communications and if I may be so bold, I personally know where billions are to be made that are lying exposed before eyes and minds untrained to notice.)

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