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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 13 2013: Thomas Hobbes (interesting ideas on government, great speaker apparently)
    Samuel Johnson (charismatic, quirky worldview, intellectual titan)
    Montaigne (original and accessible philosopher)
    Gerrard Winstanley (founder of the Levellers, early democratic movement)
    Howard Hughes (what a life!)
    Keynes v. Hayek (two views of the economic crisis)
    Mikhail Bakunin (founding father of anarchism)
    Sophie Scholl (died rather than condone the Nazi regime)
    Martin Niemoller (another individual with exceptional moral courage)
    Olaudah Equiano (how important really was the role of black activists in abolishing the slave trade?)
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel (indefatigable engineer of genius)
    Thomas More (a man who died for his philosophy).
    • Apr 13 2013: If we could bring back Sophie Scholl, I would be in favor of having her talk. She was a brave woman, the very essence of humanity that fascist regimes hate and eliminate.

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