Jean Reece

Rochester, NY, United States

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Jean Reece
Posted 8 months ago
David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes
Where was this guy when I was in high school? It's incredible how our educational system can take such fascinating material and render it so lifeless and boring. I read a book by Bill Bryson a few years back that in 500 pages or so gave me all the science I should have learned in school. And then some. Not to worry, it's not like taking your medicine - quite the contrary - it was a page turner. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the night I was so engaged. Bryson's writing is addictive. The book is "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and it's available as an audio book as well. Make sure you get the unabridged version.
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Jean Reece
Posted over 1 year ago
JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors
This is the most brave talk I have seen on TED. Your courage gives me the resolve to try to do better, to put aside my own embarrassment or shame about my own demons and reach out to others as you have done. I imagine other suicide survivors will come forward inspired by your example. If you didn't before, you certainly have a reason to live now - we need you. One thing I've always wondered because of a dream I had about plunging to my death in an elevator - what were your thoughts after you jumped but before you hit the water? Do you remember them? How about when you realized you had survived? What I am getting at is - did you change your mind on the way down, after what you believed was the point of no return?
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Jean Reece
Posted over 1 year ago
Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
Excellent talk - both enlightening and very moving. I just witnessed a patient very similar to the diabetic woman Attia described getting treated poorly at UVA. She was my mother's roommate so I was privy to most of the interactions she had with various medical professionals, and not one had the respect to talk to her directly or honestly about the severity of her condition. It seemed like after a little humoring, they couldn't get out of there fast enough. Attia's talk should be mandatory for all physicians - nurses too. Those of us who are not obese like to get on our high horses and cluck our tongues at all the lazy, fat people, but as Attia's research shows us they may no more than victims of bad genetic luck. Americans especially love to blame people for their misfortunes, but as research is beginning to increasingly show us many of our behaviors are driven by forces we do not control. Like insulin resistance causing over-eating. I like to paraphrase Michael Pollen on this matter: Just because we evolved a consciousness does not mean we are in any more control of our behavior than a honeybee.
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Jean Reece
Posted over 1 year ago
Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed
I had a near death experience - it was in a dream, but it seemed so real that to my mind, I was actually plunging to my death in a falling elevator. But my experience was not like Ric Elias' or the majority of posters here. I felt no regrets for the life I had lived, made no vows for a better life should I get the chance, had no revelations about what was really important to me. I felt only an intense gratitude mixed with passionate yearning. And my life is far from enviable - I have plenty of regrets, and it has not unfolded the way I wanted. But suddenly none of that mattered, I saw my messy life as a miraculous and beautiful gift. Not just the good parts - ALL OF IT. Every last happy, sad, chaotic, shameful, proud, awesome, despairing, joyful, painful, loving, hateful, exciting and boring minute of it. And it was beautiful BECAUSE of all those moments, even the bad ones, not despite them. It was life and I desperately wanted nothing except more, even just one minute more! I revisit that feeling a lot - it is emblazoned in my memory and has deeply, profoundly affected me. I have "died in my head", which is what I assume those who experience real brushes with death feel like.
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Jean Reece
Posted over 1 year ago
Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral
Cats watching cats watching Nyon Cat...this seems to signify something profound about the age we live in - I'm just not sure what! I just can't stop shaking my head over it. And it's interesting he mentions Jimmy Kimmel - he just staged an impressive hoax with his "Worst Twerk Fail Ever" video (don't worry, the girl is a stuntwoman.) At least I though it was impressive until Kevin pointed out in his talk the pivotal role of "Tastemakers" in making a video go viral. Makes me wonder how often these tastemakers are approached, bribed, black-mailed , etc, by viral video wannabes. I wonder how they decide which videos to give the crucial shout-out. So the bottom line is that of the gazillions of videos that get uploaded, the ones that go viral are largely decided by a select few of one-percenters. Meet the new boss - same as the old boss...
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Jean Reece
Posted about 2 years ago
Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda
This talk was so well put together and presented, Ms. Gates could get the Pope behind her agenda. You really can't argue with a single point she made. Her personal investment and passion in this cause is clearly visible. She comes across as honest, humble, highly intelligent and with a great capacity for empathy. I have been thinking of organizing a Women's group in my area (Rochester, NY) to address global women's issues and this issue will give us a great place to start. Thanks for an inspiring talk. Melinda - have you considered running for political office? How does Hillary/Melinda 2016 sound?
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Jean Reece
Posted almost 3 years ago
Wouldn't happiness bring about professional and personal stagnation?
Jose's opinion is supported by Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. In his book "Human Action: A Treatise on Economics", he argued that the opposite to action is not inaction, it is contentment. Man acts because he is never fully satisfied, and will never stop because he can never be fully satisfied. When I first read this, I had a "Sixth Sense" moment. I knocked myself upside the head and thought "Duh!, of course he's right."
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Jean Reece
Posted almost 3 years ago
Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything
I agree that this talk does not seem up to TED standards in terms of cohesiveness and intellectual rigor, and Tim Ferris may very well be a clever con man, but I'm still glad I read his book, The Four Hour Workweek. I picked up several great productivity tips, and I love his idea for mini-retirements. If you watch some of his other presentations, you can see that there is some sincerity mixed in with the self promotion. He's an interesting character with apparently boundless energy, some good ideas, and a desire to spread them.
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Jean Reece
Posted almost 3 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
I'm with those who are annoyed by his delivery , so kitschy it undermines his credibility. Carl Sagan he ain't. I'd like to see Neil DeGrasse Tyson at TED, he's perhaps not as cutting edge as Greene, but far more engaging and humble. Send Greene to Vegas.