Taniya Singh

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Taniya Singh
Posted 8 months ago
What are the best TED talks I should watch?
That's really up to your specific interests. I love them all but some of my friends that happen to be science majors tend to watch the science related TED talks but that's just them. I would recommend any of the playlists.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 8 months ago
what features of your most favourite teachers make them linger in you mind?
For a few of my teachers it was caring. They were always wanted to help the students understand the material and offered their individual help whenever they could. They would be lenient and understanding in certain situations and always broke down the material as if teaching a 5th grader. Some of the other memorable teachers were funny. They can a way of teaching through humor that really stuck in the mind.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 8 months ago
Will science ever tell us everything there is to know?
As optimistic and enthusiastic I am about science, I really don't think we will ever come to the point of knowing everything. I read somewhere that we currently know less than 1% of all the science there is to uncover. Science also isn't completely accurate. They are most likely educated guesses (to put it in weak terms) and when answering one question, it always leads to a few more. And also, science can only explain the who, what, where, when and how but never the why. Scientists say that the universe was created by the big bang theory. But do we know why?
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Taniya Singh
Posted 8 months ago
What book have you read that everyone should read and why?
Excellent question David! I would highly recommend two books: So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport - This book shows that following your passion is just bad advice and is not practical. He offers other ways and introduces many others who are very happy with their work and their contribution to the world The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - This is a children's book although anyone can read it. It was one of my favorite books growing up and really made me question and ponder upon the everyday things in life.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers
I always wished I could learn math this way. I'm currently taking two math classes: linear algebra and probability, both which I enjoy very much now because I look at the numbers and concepts in a similar way as Arthur. I really hope Arthur will be able to teach a few students this way.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?
I think it's made us less social. I read an article recently that talked about how currently (the highest number recorded actually) feel alone and unsocial than ever before. And today, we have the lowest percentage of people claiming they have a few really close friends who they can go to for comfort. Now a days, children aren't playing outside, we don't know the families that live in our neighborhood, and more of us are communicating mostly through the web rather than face to face. And yes I agree with your Facebook statement. So many people are more depressed after going on Facebook because they perceive their friends having more fun than them, which actually makes us even more anti-social and close-up. And because of Facebook and other social media, we are also trading in strong connections with a few people for lots of loose connections with many people. That may be more social but they aren't of quality.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
What issues should the U.S. Congress be addressing/prioritizing to prepare for a changing United States as we progress toward 2050?
I think we need to grow more businesses and reduce the size and power of the government because in many situations, the businesses are the ones that benefit society the most. We also need to change our gun laws. This is something that should be changed now and not in 2050. Sure it's one of our amendments but when our founding fathers wrote this, they had no idea there would be automatic weapons in the future. Most importantly, we need to change our education system. It is archaic and inefficient and as a developed country, we should set an example for the rest of the world right away. Ken Robinson has made his point perfectly here on TED and it's something that needs to be done.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
I agree with Hans. I agree with most people's reasons but I would have to say that I would go for the injection. Nothing would please me more than to see how our world is going to look like in the future. I am so thrilled to have been born in the digital age that I can't even imagine life without it. As a student studying electrical engineering, I'm fascinated buy how this technology is going to change in a 100, 1000 years from now. I would love to be alive to see that. Of course the biggest downfall would be to see your friends and family go but personally, I can adjust. I have many friends of all ages and I can control my emotions and create deep, meaningful relationships with many people. I don't think I could ever get bored because I too (as Hans said) am passionate about many things and the only thing stopping from me fulfilling all of them is time. I live in the moment and to the fullest, and as a very independent individual, I can say that taking that injecting will definitely be worth it for me.
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
Communication is the key
Hi Cathy Welcome! I understand how you feel. I stumbled upon this website when I was doing research for a project in philosophy and my first TED talk was Our buggy moral code by Dan Ariely. I loved the video and was amazed that an entire website was devoted to spreading knowledge on such interesting and diverse topics such as this one. I've been watching videos ever since and I recently attended a TEDxUConn event about 2 months ago and hopefully I will be going to many more! I told every living soul about TED after I heard about it and hopefully you will too! Enjoy
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Taniya Singh
Posted 10 months ago
What can we do to improve human population control?
I was originally thinking that China's "one-baby-only" rule was probably the best bet since it has shown the best results: their population has steadied radically. But then again, China's rules cannot be regulated the same way in other countries. For example, in other countries like India, this rule would have no impact on the population because the government does not and cannot keep track of everyone. Then I thought that educating women and having classes regarding family life can help somewhat. But many people (and their parents, and other family members) already have prior beliefs on having children and these kind of classes will not have an effect on them. I just came back from India and many people in rural India still have the mentality that having many children is a good thing. I believe the only solution is a long-term solution, one that will take at least a generation to show any results. It is simply education. No sex-education or anything like that, but sending children to school or at least give them some sort of education. The only reason I see this is because of the recent trend I've seen, especially in cities: poor people are having more kids than rich people, and that is a huge problem. And I think the difference is how they grew up.....based on their parent's education. It's all one big cycle.