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Michael McWatters

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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: @Tiffany: Well, they weren't scientific because the method didn't come until Galileo. They were game changers and all three had a common goal, to introduce rationality in place of ritualistic practice. Jesus was trying to teach sense. The 613 commandments of the Jewish People can be a little bit too much when really its just the 7 laws of Noah in detail. What Jesus did was condense it even more to one teaching which is, you and I are no different so treat me as you want to be treated. It is humanitarian. And he taught this to like everyday folk, people who need to hear it, not the TED people of their time, the intellectual rabbis who are studied and learned.

    Moses took the magical letters from the egyptian tradition available only to priests and royalty, and made it available to the workers. The Alef-Bet is math, but not only math, it holds the progression of concepts from energy into matter. You will see what they mean if you study the alphabet. A for ox-power, B for house, G for path etc, etc. It was pretty advanced. He said that all those powers that the egyptians were breaking down as separate powers is ONE power.

    Buddha is the first atheist, let me just say that. Maybe humanist, not atheist. Most atheists have (knock knock, disclaimer...i do know this is a generalisation) parent availability issues and therefore cannot rely on a "saviour" or "a higher power" and believe that they're on their own.
    But people get ideas and hold tack them into fixed points and then check back on it constantly because they don't dare deviate from it or make it meaningful for them. Then it becomes dogma, then it returns to what it struggled against. Science is a method. It's not a god. What you find out in science moves, changes everyday. But its essence remains. All knowledge can be found and lost and regained but with better understanding. This is a human habit. We keep on forgetting what we know and then when we remember it, we think its new
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        Apr 13 2013: Great analogy Chris.

        CONSCIOUSNESS = SCIENCE + COMPASSION (choice)

        Compassion & Cruelty are not feelings they are choices!!

        Wisdom (Consciousness) = Intelligence (Science) + Compassion (choice)
        Stupidity = Intelligence (Science) + Cruelty (choice)

        Intelligence (Science) is a great tool
        A knife is a great tool developed by science
        Unfortunately a knife in the hands of a cruel intelligent...
        The world is paved with intelligent people...
        Few "choose" compassion and give the quantum leap to wisdom

        Intelligence (Science) is therefore a great path (choice) towards consciousness
        unfortunately...
        Intelligence (Science) is also a great path (choice) towards stupidity
        • Apr 13 2013: Who is that who chooses ?
          The world is governed by the laws of dynamics and chaos. Chaos is the order of infinite complexity. I don't think that anybody is in control ; the time has come for science to embrace the idea of 'spirit' , which is consciousness and compassion, awareness if you will.
          Just thoughts :)
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