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Michael McWatters

UX Architect, TED


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If you could choose any historical figure to give a TED Talk, who would it be and why?

This one is pretty open-ended. I'm curious to know who you would choose for a TED Talk, why, and maybe what you think their "idea worth spreading" might be.


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    Apr 12 2013: Most historical figures were well documented and their "idea worth spreading" would vary little from what we know of them. Socrates and others would maintain the same views ... we of course could solve some of the mysteries by talking to the source.

    I would be interested in the staff of the library of Alexandria. It was the largest and most significant library of the ancient world and was burned in a fire that may have been ordered by Ceasar to burn his docks and ships. The Library at Alexandria was in charge of collecting all the world's knowledge, and most of the staff was occupied with the task of translating works onto papyrus paper.

    People like Jefferson and Franklin could tells us I told you so ... or who ever thought of Executive orders ... Jefferson would have a heart attack over the banks rule of the country ... a real I told you so moment.

    The staff of the library and the ones who attended the great ones who could give us real insight would be of great interest.

    I think history is to kind to some of these and the real story would be shattering to the image we have of some of the "great ones".

    Interesting though ... Bob.

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