Bernard White


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We should encourage mass awareness about TED. (+ Quality of the idea's, not who said them, or how they are presented!)

The reasons I view that we should encourage a mass awareness about TED, is so that we encourage people to submit Idea’s they would never had been able to submit without an area of prejudice. For when people submit Idea’s on TED, due to the anonymity TED gives you, all idea’s and debates are viewed on the quality of the Idea and not who said it.
A slight anecdotal example would be, me. I am personally a sixteen year old about to take his GCSE’s. While if I had to reveal this information every time I debated against someone on TED I could probably guarantee I wouldn't be taken as seriously. This may come as a “slight” surprise to those who have debated against me in the past.
While I view this type of prejudice gets in the way of “progress”.
To give a few quick example of debates I have started up on Ted :
- Why do people find it so hard to admit their wrong? And how can we improve upon this? (If this is the case)
- Can God be defined? Or in other words : What is God?
(And many other debates, which I won't give links to because they have been closed.)
And have been able to test my idea's against many people, and have been able to have them reviewed critically without any biases or prejudice due to my age.
So in that sense this is why TED should be encouraged.
Also another reason to encourage mass awareness about TED, is due to the current failing of the education system. In the way in the world of TED "flow" and "intrinsic motivation" for one. Another few being how it crushed creativity, has a focus on priming people for finical success. (you do well in school, go to a good uni, get a good job). While not many schools I have visited don't encourage original thought, and for that matter don't let introverts flourish as much as they should therefore crushing potential.
I want to live in a market place of ideas!!!

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    Mar 28 2013: It's great, Bernard, that you are so happy with what you have found here. When you tell your friends about TED, it is important for the kids to realize that if you don't tell people you are sixteen, people will talk with you just as they would to an adult they might disagree with. Some people can be kind of blunt, for example.

    Another thing that is important is that TED talks are typically by people who are experts in their fields or have had a great idea, and there are bios attached to the talks that fill in for you who they are and what they have done and that allow you to follow links to learn more about what they study.

    TED Conversations is not that. This is a social site where you will be exchanging ideas with people like you but with different life experiences and beliefs and mostly older. Some things people say will be right and some will be wrong, just like when you talk to your friends- some of your friends will have the wrong understanding of things some of the time. And in Conversations lots of people use fake names. If my fifteen year old son were participating here, I would tell him to use a fake name.

    So it is very wise to verify information/claims with other sources, just like you would for most any information you get in a social setting.

    Welcome to TED. You can indeed learn a lot here about ideas and about how people from all over the world see things.
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      Mar 28 2013: Just to say I edited the description above slightly
      To be honest.
      I prefer being talked to as if I'm not sixteen, like you have done in the past. :D
      Just to say I never usually comment on things, I haven't really thought about or checked upon. (Like in the other "debates" I have set up.
      But if I am wrong, I am always up for correction!
      I mean if you look at the debates I have had with you in the past, I think they went quite well. :D (Or with other people for that matter) Which in a sense, I like how everybody is valued over their idea's and not who they are.
      Which I view is vital towards progress, for it gets rid of many biases and prejudices.
      This is basically why I view that TED should be encouraged. I mean I often find after reading my replies to many, if I never told them (which I usually don't) then they would probably think I was an Adult. (I hope this doesn't sound "arrogant").
      Basically at the end of the day, I want to live in a market place of idea's (partly because many people i have met have brilliant idea's yet aren't ever allowed to test them due to their social economic status!) where anybody can submit their idea, and have it critically revieved. Where people can admit their wrong. And it deosn't matter who submit the idea nor how charismatic the person is.
      All that matters is the quality of their idea.
      This is the world I want to live in.
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        Mar 28 2013: Good for you! There are other young people here as well.
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          Mar 28 2013: Forgive me for saying this.
          But I don't know why but something about that reply seemed rather patronising, even though I view that wasn't probably your intent. 'Good for you' just seems like something you would say to a child, doesn't it?
          While I do know this wasn't your intent. (I hope)
          Sorry to be a bit too analytical. :D
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        Mar 28 2013: I was just pleased at what you said, as it echoes so much of what I hear from young people. I hope "Good move" sits better.

        You will find that people here take people your age seriously. I cannot recollect any instance of someone here not doing so.
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    Mar 27 2013: All the Link I have said in this "IDEA" are here.
    And many of my favourite TED talks, which I wasn't able to mention in the description above.
    Tali Sharot: The optimism bias :
    Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness :
    Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions :
    Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil :
    Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code :
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness:
    Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation:
    Susan Cain: The power of introverts:
    Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity:

    Just to say on a completely different note, if anyone finds a better way I could structure and organize the paragraph in the description better, please just let me know. :-)
    For I wasn't able to outline what I was trying to say very well. Well at least not very well in relative comparison with my other debates.
    I just hope that everybody still respects all opinion I make after this...