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Matthieu Miossec

Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),

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Name one thing you've learned from another TEDster.

Is there one chunk of knowledge, big or small, that you've acquired from a fellow TEDster? Try to mention one particular instance of this rather than a general comment on the contribution of TEDsters as a whole.

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    Sep 6 2011: Funny you should ask....

    That words are sometimes like bullets - powerful and misused.
    That politics and ideas tend to repel each other.
    That there is no lack of ideas, but action is still rare.
    That thinking and speaking don't always happen in that order.
    That there is a nice amount of satisfaction gotten from more than 2 thumbs up for any one comment.
    That not all TEDsters are as polite an audience as they seem.
    That religion has some serious - maybe fatal - flaws.
    That it is a great feeling to have good conversations with people from all over the globe, even if some of them digress into name-calling (not me)
    That logic is hard to argue against, but sometimes I try.
    That TEDsters are a compassionate bunch.
    That although my dream of going back to school just for the stimulation is not going to happen anytime soon, TED conversations (and in particular TED Talks) do a good job of placating.
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      Sep 12 2011: Well said. I would add:

      That even the best idea would not work, were it not for a charismatic ambassador speaking it out loud.
      That utopian visions exist in our heads - and that TED Talks bring them forward.
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    Sep 10 2011: Birda Tak Wai Chan shared an extract from Tao Te Ching that intensely moved me.
    I have it written in my diary, and I read it to maintain balance within me whenever I feelfrustrated with the overload of work. My gratitude to Birda!

    Here it is, to those who haven't come across it:

    To be whole, let yourself break.
    To be straight, let yourself bend.
    To be full, let yourself be empty.
    To be new, let yourself wear out.
    To have everything, give everything up.

    Knowing others is a kind of knowledge;
    knowing yourself is wisdom.
    Conquering others requires strength;
    conquering yourself is true power.
    To realize that you have enough is true wealth.
    Pushing ahead may succeed,
    but staying put brings endurance.
    Die without perishing, and find the eternal.

    To know that you do not know is strength.
    Not knowing that you do not know is a sickness.
    The cure begins with the recognition of the sickness.

    Knowing what is permanent: enlightenment.
    Not knowing what is permanent: disaster.
    Knowing what is permanent opens the mind.
    Open mind, open heart.
    Open heart, magnanimity.
  • Sep 10 2011: I am citizen of the earth with many global responsibilities.
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    Sep 10 2011: Hello Matthieu,

    I've been on a bit of hiatus here, but it's nice to come back to such an interesting topic on the first page of TEDConv!

    What I've learned from TEDsters, particularly you in many cases actually, is that even a heated debate/argument/disagreement is an opportunity to have an honest and interesting conversation. It's unfortunate, but I don't think it's a common practice anymore that adversity is seen as an opportunity for growth, learning and necessary expansion. Particularly adversity connected to conversation. Yet I come here to TEDConversations and I don't always agree with everybody, but, because I've come here to learn, I can accept the adverse conversations as neutral and necessary lessons.

    It's a relief actually! I would hate to not be able to coexist with people I don't always agree with...I'd be limiting myself to a very small territory if I did I'm sure.

    Cheers!
    Sanyu
  • Sep 19 2011: I learned that even bad ideas can become good ones by putting it to open discussion/comments or vice-versa for good ideas.
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      Sep 19 2011: I observed this as well. Often people will hold great ideas, but be rather timid and shy about expressing it. This shouldn't be the case! Posing ideas for discussion and feedback can be revealing, but also revitalizing especially with all the ping-pong insight from others. You never know what may happen. Sometimes it may even yield a new "eureka" moment.
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    Sep 12 2011: With open hearts and minds, we can converge our perceptions and empower our fundamental unity.
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    Sep 12 2011: Hi Matthieu,
    Just one, right? An ability that I admire and am learning to acquire: Voicing an opposing opinion, not just respectfully but elegantly respectful meanwhile clearly valuing the opinion of the other. This is beautifully done by, among others, Colleen Steen, Thomas Jones, Debra Smith.
    Great question.
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    Sep 14 2011: I learned that the difference between good and great is 10 minutes. Step away from your report/project/analysis and come back to it and check it. You'll find three mistakes that the person you are giving it to would have found.
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    Sep 10 2011: I learned that love is truly beyond borders.
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    Sep 6 2011: That dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. (Tim Blackburn in the "What did you learn today?" thread.)

    But seriously, I've learned lots of things - it's just a tad difficult to recall the who and when of it. That one just sticks out, probably because of the context.
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    Sep 6 2011: I shouldn't be too quick to judge and I learned that from you. :) I thought I had been there but obviously I wasn't yet! And also I can learn something about making a great conversation (your topics seem interesting) 'cause I hadn't had such success with mine. :) I hope I can learn much more in the future.
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    Sep 19 2011: Openness, Patience, Compassion, Tolerance, Generosity, Respect and appreciation towards other TEDSTERS,
    expressed by Debra Smith and Astra Singh.
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    Sep 18 2011: Hi Matthiu,In my case a group of Tedsters who happen to be close freinds of one anotherand each a brilliant scholar and well informed :..Jaime, Conte, Luigi, Baronessa and Adrianna..that grace and eloqience are alive and well..that even here in the often rough and tumble world of TED Conversations it is posible to speak powerfully with simple eloquence and generous civility

    I really cherish and have learned from my encounters with this astonishing group of friends I think I would have to add Pabrita to that list and miss him very much..
  • Sep 18 2011: Sir Ken Robinson's knowledge, wisdom, and wit regarding educations histological perspective offered me a scarier global reality check than my recent earned degree let on for this 21st century . . . Not only did Sir Ken stir me round, I geared up for some mighty solvable courage because of it: I set out to SHOW (not tell) how to engage as a risk taker for change. Now, two years later I have returned from abroad after having been awarded scholarships abroad that stretched into nearly two years in order to engage with other global community members to better understand various and unexpected cultural and economic paradigm shifts that resulted in compassionately serving during their personal hardships. I am changed for it with my head and heart winged open bridging new found friendships for a lifetime while returning to graduate school to apply my internship in PTSD with the birthing resource of methods I have learned while assisting my fellow human.
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    Sep 15 2011: A simple assertion: Seek good explanations . . . they are the ones that are hard to vary. (This statement was made by David Deutsch in his talk on explaining explanations.)
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    Sep 15 2011: That everything we build/develop/think/improve leads to new, unimagined things

    Edward Tenner - Unintended Consequences
  • Sep 14 2011: The simplest solution might be in front of our eyes, just look around.
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    Sep 10 2011: From Hans Rosling--that statistics, if presented in nifty graphics with a lucid contextual explanation and a dash of humor, will not always be intimidating and undecipherable. Rather it becomes a powerful tool in finding solutions for poverty, public health and environmental issues.
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    Sep 10 2011: The evolution theory is not necessarily wrong .
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      Sep 10 2011: Good to hear. Can't wait for the day you realise it's necessarily right and join us. ;-)
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        Sep 10 2011: I don't know if the evolution theory is necessarily right but I don't think now like before that it's a wrong theory (it isn't).................... thank you anyway
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      Sep 12 2011: There is no such thing as the end of evolution he ho.
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    Sep 8 2011: That our mindsets often don't correspond to datasets - Mr. Hans Rosling
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    Sep 7 2011: I was mesmerized by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED talk about her stroke and cataloging of such. Her presentation style is very conversational and it was particularly interesting to me as a handwriting analyst, to note how her brain was able to transfer information from one hemisphere to another. I was also interested in her explanation of the bipolar brain, as my mother suffered from this most of her life. I am thankful every day for my well-functioning brain. An added cool factor: Dr. Jill is from my hometown and a graduate of Indiana State University!
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    Sep 6 2011: Caring...really caring...about people...by Gary Vay-ner-chuck :)
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    Sep 6 2011: The importance of embracing disruption and the beauty of co-creation.
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    Sep 6 2011: I can't remember who it was who told me about it, but someone brought up surprising research that evidenced hormesis (="a phenomenon in which low doses of an otherwise harmful agent can result in stimulatory or beneficial effects.") for radioactivity. It was demonstrated in a population living near Hiroshima. Whoever told me this, thank you, I truly learnt something radically new that day.
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    Sep 19 2011: "People buy what you believe. Not what you do."

    - Simon Sinek.

    How Great Leaders inspire action
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    Sep 18 2011: Never speak out your goals to others or in public...just keep on doing it until you really achieve it.
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    Sep 14 2011: Ive learned that the period you can acquire a new habit is 10 days if you make efforts. From Google engineer whose name i dont remember:(
    • Sep 19 2011: It's better to keep the message than the name of the messenger :)
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    Sep 9 2011: Sarah Kay inspired me to love poetry.
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    Sep 9 2011: I wonder how this thread has only 20 comments!!!! Its something sort of a loose topic that loads can pool into..