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Poch Peralta

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Is TED Talks a recipe for civilisational disaster?

This attack on TED by Benjamin Bratton is really searing. One reason he gave for TED not working is over-simplification.

'This is my rant against TED, placebo politics, "innovation," middlebrow megachurch infotainment, etc., given at TEDx San Diego at their invitation...'

'One TED speaker said recently, "If you remove this boundary ... the only boundary left is our imagination". Wrong.

'If we really want transformation, we have to slog through the hard stuff (history, economics, philosophy, art, ambiguities, contradictions). Bracketing it off to the side to focus just on technology, or just on innovation, actually prevents transformation.

'Instead of dumbing-down the future, we need to raise the level of general understanding to the level of complexity of the systems in which we are embedded and which are embedded in us...'
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

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  • Jan 4 2014: How is an exchange of ideas a recipe for disaster? The world we live in was built on ideas, we're living the dreams of men and women who marked history and we don't even realize it. We take our minds for granted and waste time on distractions like Television and other things when we could be creating amazing realities for future generations. What if Hitler hadn't thought of exterminating the jews, think about the many inventions that wouldn't have happened, and think about how the present might have possibly looked. Our physical world is a manifestation of what we have in our minds. Tesla thought about a world with electricity and took the first step, and now we have a world with electricity. Steve Jobs thought about a world with computers and took the first step, now we have a world full with computers. George Washington thought of a free nation and took the first step, and now we have America. I can keep going, but do you get the point? We create our world as we go. The higher your consciousness, the higher your platform, and when you're on a high platform, people listen to what you have to say.

    It's important to exchange ideas with other people, especially on important topics. You never know which TED speaker might be the next great man/woman to push humanity forward. A single thought from another person can be the spark needed to light the fire in a genius' mind.

    "Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people"
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      Jan 4 2014: Yes I see your good point Jean.

      'It's important to exchange ideas with other people, especially on important topics. You never
      know which TED speaker might be the next great man/woman to push humanity forward...'
      Yes. Of all social networks, it's TED I trust to do that.

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