Thomas Anderson

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If humanity is going to continue on like it is, then it should probably take things to a new level.

Football fields should be 200 yards. Golf courses should have 600 yard 'par 4' holes, and be 50 holes long. Basketball hoops should be 15 feet high, and the court should be twice as big. Race cars should be moving 800 miles per hour. The computer I am using should have every single song ever written on it. Bowling should have 20 pins. Chess should have 7 more pieces on each side, or better yet, they should have 4 sides going after each other. Mt. Everest should have a ski slope on it. There should be a 10 lane highway from Cape Horn to Cape Town, with a 10 lane bridge across the Bering Strait, and this highway should have no speed limit. Soccer fields should be 3 times as big, and the goal should be half as big, and there should 20 players on each side. There should be a ship that holds a million people, and a plane that holds 5000 people. There should be a whole new wealthy population of trillionaires. Dart boards should be half the size, and dart players should have to stand twice as far away. There should be a bridge from Hawaii to California. The baseball pitcher's mound should be twice the distance: There should be a 4th base, then perhaps a 5th base. There should be 100 more places just like Hollywood.

Any other suggestions?

Closing Statement from Thomas Anderson

Thank you very much for all of your input! I need to find more ways of venting about the values of humanity. I do not see why we continue to let people suffer unnecessarily.

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    May 20 2013: Hello Thomas, my New England neighbor:>)

    I personally think it is time to take ourselves to a new level of learning and growth, rather than the growth of our "stuff". While I believe technology will continue to improve, perhaps we (humans) will be seeking more ways to use it effectively for our own growth, and the improvement of our world? We can always hope!

    Based on what I observe in our world, including here on TED, it seems like a lot of people are going back to the basics, and seeking knowledge and growth in themselves, which may contribute to more peaceful growth in our global community:>) Call me Pollyanna if you like!
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      May 20 2013: I hope so. :)


      You don't want a 10000 horsepower speed racer?
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        May 20 2013: LOL....oh yes....just what I've always wanted! Actually, I don't want to part with my 2004 ford ranger, which serves me quite well:>) It hauls fire wood, which is given to me, carries my bike, skies and kayak nicely, and accomodates gardening "stuff":>) My last vehicle was a chevy S10, which I had for 13 years, and it ran GREAT! Finally had to part with it because the body was challenged from the salt put on the roads in winter....you probably know about that too!
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      May 24 2013: I'm hoping as much as I can, I can promise you that, Colleen ;)

      You can call me Uni-Monk :>)

      Cheers :)
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        May 25 2013: AWWWW Yes Anna (Uni-Monk)..........HOPE.......may we always have it.....
        Cheers:>)
  • May 20 2013: The air, water and earth will be free of ANY pollutants.

    NO war and NO crime.

    Milk shakes with triple chocolate and triple malt and three cherries on top.
  • May 23 2013: Yes, football fields should be 200 meters long & football-American, baseball, & golf should be abandoned altogether, (but not miniature golf or ladies' fast-pitch softball!)
    Race cars should have a limited amount of gas - say, ten gallons; if a racer goes too fast & lowers his fuel efficiency thus, then too bad for him. Also, races should include right-hand turns & be on/off-road, and have to actually do something useful: like deliver mail.
    Bowling should have warps in the lane, like miniature golf.
    Chess should be 4-D (or at the very least, 3). ("simple" has its value.)
    Soccer fields should have trees in them, be ten-times as big, and have ten-times the players, no coaches, & five balls.
    Mt. Everest should also have a zip-line and a tram to the top.
    There should be 0 places like holly-wood.
    There should also be motel-zeppelins that house a thousand people & stay in the air for months, and when you want to leave, just skydive or grab a glider.

    Hockey goals should be moved out five feet to allow more play behind the goalie, who should wear half the current amount of quote-unquote padding.
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    May 20 2013: ?

    Eradicating old systems, games or hobbies is not going to change the world. Studying them and inventing new, better ones will.

    Chinese numerology is very interesting. Just a suggestion.

    Best wishes.
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      May 20 2013: Good point. This is just my very, very indirect way of saying we need way more hospitals and science labs, and a lot less restaurants.

      Someone from Norway studying Chinese Numerology...we don't see that in Maine too often :)
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        May 20 2013: Hi,

        I don't study it, my father did and told me about some parts of it when I was a child, enough to understand that there's something very interesting there.
        Best wishes :)
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    May 20 2013: humanity (a sweeping but convenient term) is a cesspool of talent. it always has been. the internet is allowing many people to realise this for the first time.

    don't let the bastards get you down..
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      May 20 2013: Nope, they wont! Thank you!

      Try for 5000 TED credits! :)
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      R H

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      May 20 2013: I love that: 'a cesspool of talent'. That's fantastic. Combining mindless neglect with priceless riches.The diamonds in the dung. Remembering hope while mired in despair. The vomit-covered vagabond superstar. Poetic. One of the most interesting phrases I've seen in a long time. Thank you for that.
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    May 20 2013: Yup, let's think big: Wise leadership that demonstrates active concern for citizens and the environment, eliminating the wasted $trillions and human capital in welfare, social services, unions, humanitarian efforts, and environmental activism - won't need those anymore. Economic systems that incentivise the above and penalize exploitation, apathy, prejudice. Rehabilitation combined with excellent education for all so instead of 2mil incarcerated fellow citizens, we have 2mil reformed and/or not-needed-to-be-reformed productive societal contributors (read: taxpayers). Bio-engineered products, buildings, everything so we work in tandem with the living earth and beyond. But unfortunately, what could happen first is tech far surpasses social constructs in productivity resulting in massive unemployment and class division. People keep multiplying and 10bil fight for fewer real jobs while 'leadership' sells improvement. The wealthy throw money at 'programs' but the boards of directors can't justify the expense or the competition. Apathy, disenfranchisement, and criminality become a generational psychosis and we discuss how to minimize 'that population'. Someone discovers another kind of bomb and we all wait for it to be over. Now, about that 600 yd par 4 - Never! ;)
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      May 20 2013: And 2000 yard 'par 6' should be average!
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        May 20 2013: Ahhh! I think i'll take up bowling
  • May 20 2013: There are always pro's and con's Higher or lower?
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    May 20 2013: i can take a walk on pond or sea and

    Fly alone without help of big machines.
  • May 20 2013: :-) I like your approach. However, I believe your "Humanity" perhaps references a certain segment of society.......there is maybe an undercurrent of growing Simplistic Sanity that is naturally accelerated by the Coliseum-Loving Masses. The Armstrongs, Kardashians, and any Reality Show of the World plays an important role in helping to slowly awaken people. Sanity is a State that is most easily defined by the contrasting Insanity that is running amok. We know what we are, at least partially, by examining what we are Not. To be sure, extremism in many parts of society will increase. Horrific events like Newtown will increase. Control by governments will increase. We, all of us together, are trying to wake ourselves from some kind of horrible dream. It's not difficult to see the insanity on a daily basis. Extremists are just louder than the rest of us. Damn I'm preachy.
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    Our instincts will be able to detect
    invalid (harmful) happiness.
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    May 19 2013: Plane seats should be over 2 feet wide! What a joy if that were to happen.
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    May 19 2013: My thoughts are recorded.

    The world is borderless , religionless.
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    May 25 2013: You're a true futurist, Thomas. I don't see how any of your improvements could fail to come true.
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    May 23 2013: Yes ! Good Ideas ! Also, I get disappointed sometimes when I accidentally drive by a Coffee Shop, and then I have to drive yet another 1/2 mile before I reach another one. I think Coffee Shops should all be owned by the exact same company, and they should be no more than 500 yards from each other, no matter where you go.

    With Hockey, how about make the net half as big, and the game twice as long. :)
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      May 24 2013: "With Hockey, how about make the net half as big, and the game twice as long. :)"

      ...that would probably make spectators more eager to follow the game...'cause it would be easier to follow, it's as simple as that ;) And think about the judges, too, there would be less mistakes! :)

      Best wishes.
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        May 24 2013: and they would sell wayyyyy more food and drinks, and TV commercials could be longer...and they would have to make more sticks and skates, and maybe the arena would have to put in more comfortable chairs... hee hee
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          May 24 2013: ...and don't forget - less mistakes = less potential for uproar and violent behaviour among fans and/or teams and judges!
  • May 22 2013: But who would want to watch a hockey game where it take two hours to skate from one end to the other?

    I'd say that most distances and numbers are based on a balance of challenge and comfort. Fewer people watching then boring games, on TV, will make commercials less profitable.

    But Mt Everest.. yeah!