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How to determine ideas worth spreading...

Ted talks center on the notion of 'ideas worth spreading' and this interchange seeks to focus attention on the practice of choosing the ideas to spread, how individuals and groups determine what to share and cultivate and what to eradicate. This also includes the best practices to ensure ideas are sheared and which ideas get spread. I once read that there are more good stories than bad one, yet more of the latter get told and reported. So how to determine and choose ideas worth spreading?

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    Nov 13 2013: I agree with Fritzie...."...which ideas we find worth spreading is a matter of our tastes and values"....different for each person or groups of people. TED has groups of people evaluating speakers and topics which support the TED mission, and the criteria used, depends on the topic.

    That being said, I believe it is important for any group of people who wish to evaluate what ideas are worth spreading, to have an open heart and mind, and genuinely consider all relevant information.
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      Nov 13 2013: I don't think he is asking which ideas TED should choose to spread. I mentioned TED in my reply to him only as an example of how one entity may choose to specialize in spreading ideas in specific areas.

      It's a little like the way that being a doctor is a worthwhile profession and some will specialize in it. Being a teacher is worthwhile also, and others will specialize in that.

      The teacher may be ill-equipped to identify ideas it would be worthwhile for one doctor to communicate quickly to others for the benefit of their practice and vica versa but also not be the one who was qualified to understand and communicate the idea effectively. This does not mean there are not medical ideas worthwhile for doctors to spread among themselves or that the teacher believes there are no such ideas.

      The doctor may not choose to stay abreast of ideas in oil painting technique, not because he does not think those ideas are worth spreading but because he cannot keep track of ideas in every area and has selected his specialties from among worthwhile specialties he might have chosen.
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        Nov 13 2013: I also mentioned TED as an example Fritzie. I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your comment, and that is why, in my previous post I mentioned "any group of people who wish to evaluate what ideas are worth spreading", and "relevant information":>)


        EDIT regarding comment below...

        "Esteban Trevino
        45 minutes ago: Colleen,
        I posit that you will utterly disagree with the notion "its a matter of our tastes and values" especially when I present a particular case latter on in this response."

        My response:
        Esteban, the meaning of "posit"....
        1. "to dispose or set firmly; fix".
        2. to assume or affirm the existence of".


        Since your posits have no basis in fact, it is folly to try to set firmly, or affirm the existence of.
        Therefor, you are assuming.
      • Nov 13 2013: Fritzie,

        I too wholeheartedly agree with the essence of your comment, especially if we take what you said into an abstraction higher notch, where the teacher, the doctor, and 'the idea specialist (everyone who thinks)' dialogue about effective dealing with ideas, the ways to identify worthwhile ideas, to share them, to evaluate them, etc...

        Imagine a worthwhile profession that specializes into ideas, with the practices associated to them (including the interventions to root out (or encapsulate) ideological cancers and put in healthy ideological tissues as well as the better learning/ sharing practices that individuals ought to employ). Of course everyone ought to be familiar and abreast and contributing to this practice. In principle everyone evaluates what ideas to keep, feed, spread throughout their activities/feelings/thoughts/dialogues, in practice most 'obediently' follow the script presented by the ideas, beliefs, feeling they have cohabiting within them.

        My intention for setting up this conversation centered precisely on jointly figuring out "How to determine ideas worth spreading"... as a way to better focus and guide our spreading of ideas... Hope this makes more sense now...
    • Nov 13 2013: Colleen,

      I posit that you will utterly disagree with the notion "its a matter of our tastes and values" especially when I present a particular case latter on in this response.

      While I welcome and even invite the TED group members to come into this conversation to share the what, how, and why of how they do stuff... the focus here (well at least what I had in mind when initiating the conversation and which I hope will remain as the focus ) centers on: How to determine ideas worth spreading...

      Notice the subtle though important matter that seeks to center this conversation on the evaluation of ideas. In a way this sublet point also relates to the idea "its a matter of our tastes and values".
      Is it a matter of our tastes and values?
      Is it a matter of tastes and values?
      (and something additionally I observed : Is it a matter of values and our tastes?
      I consider you meant : it's a matter of our (tastes and values). that corresponding to : our tastes and our values. )

      I too "believe it is important for any group of people who wish to evaluate what ideas are worth spreading, to have an open heart and mind, and genuinely consider all relevant information" while also believe that it is important for them as a group and as individuals to have a 'closed' heart and mind, towards certain considerations.

      WANING : What follows is a particular case to show how in fact "its a matter of our tastes and our values" would NOT be an acceptable criteria to keep unless our tastes and our values corresponded to THE tastes and THE values worthy of spreading...
      Is it a matter of our tastes and our values if we had a taste for 'hate' ? ( I was thinking of using another even more 'revolting' notion though reconsidered it and considered it would suffice to use the term I used). I

      Is it a matter of what we think to be ? is it a matter of what happens to be? Is it a matter of what ought to be?

      Of course the underlying idea being : How to determine it and what to do about it.
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      Dec 4 2013: Hello Colleen. I've suggested a new conversation regarding After-Death-Experience about 2 weeks ago - a ted editor, Morton, has rejected my proposal/question, saying that it would be too extreme for the Ted members and this will be "putting-off" a lot of them.
      I just edited this question for "What do you think about Out-Of-Body experience?" (not exactly what I wanted to ask). Will let you know whether Morton will accept it or not.

      Honestly, I have never expected to receive this rejection on the subject that becomes a center of a serious research, new inspiration of all sorts, and new discoveries.

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