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Prashanth Gopalan

Founder & Curator, TEDxUW


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If you could spend one day in a great library studying anything you wanted, what would you study?

People don't read and think for themselves anymore. Maybe this is an age-old problem, maybe not. Regardless, I hope that asking this question will spur people on to think about what interests them, what makes them curious, and to go and actively pursue knowledge on that subject.

To help people read, think and speak for themselves again -- that should be a goal of every human capable of thought.


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    Apr 15 2013: I would undoubtedly indulge myself in the works of Ayn Rand.

    Being that we are a social species, we should always cherish the intellectual exchange of ideas. However, we’ve increasingly isolated ourselves from one another with technology. As a result, we no longer search in depth for answers and understanding—we simply consult Google or Wikipedia. Libraries are quickly becoming places of antiquity.

    One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Socrates: “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”

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