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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 19 2013: A day? I would spend my whole life in a great library to study to satisfy the hunger for knowledge, and partially to catch up on reading that I have never done before in my childhood.
    My passion lies on making earth as liveable as possible. global warming is no longer a myth, just a fact that everybody want to forget in today's torrent of economic crisis.
    My reading lists will be segregated to several parts:
    Studying the elemental mechanism of global warming, dating to the prehistoric past
    Occasional drifting to interesting and unrelated subjects to refresh the mind
    Learning from the precedented efforts made by concerned citizens of earth
    Reading biographies of inspiring leaders to keep the motivation high
    Explore the possible methods of saving the earth, and establish networks with the authors of academic papers for collaboration.
    These would sum up my entire life in the great library. it is humanly impossible to live in the library for the rest of your life, but it should always be a second home for everybody as it is indeed the only place that meet your intellectual demand as a human being.

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