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Sam Richards


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How does the presenter impact the reaction to a talk? So how might people's reactions to my talk be different if I was retired military?

I'll be live between 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST. After that I'll jump on each do to react to some of the posts and threads.

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    Apr 28 2011: If I may.. Professor Richards.. can you turn it 'round a bit? How do YOU think the impact of your talk might be changed, if instead of say.. retired military insignia, you wore a turbin?
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      Apr 28 2011: Funny that you ask. I have a dishdasha (what you see men in the Gulf countries wear) and I've always thought about giving a version of this talk while wearing it. I'd love to see/hear reactions.
      • Apr 28 2011: Do it! I'd love to see it.
      • Apr 28 2011: I'd love to see those reactions! I lived in the Gulf for a short while (Oman), and traveled back to the States in my dishdasha to see what the reaction would be. Customs seemed to take quite a bit longer than usual...
      • Apr 29 2011: Better than wearing an outfit and risk causing offense, I am disappointed that this TED talk is not translated into at least one Arab language.

        Just as we need translations from liberal Islamic teachers to show a more realistic platform of Middle East opinion than what we are broadcast (and translated) from the Taliban in prime time - so should we provide opportunities for everyday Iraquis (whom don't speak English) to see that not all in the West are war mongering, Jesus botherers.

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