Theodore A. Hoppe

Montpelier, VT, United States

About Theodore A.

Bio

In "1984" Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. In "Brave New World," Huxley feared that the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Nowadays, people, by in large, are not controlled by inflicting pain, as Orwell imagined, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. Orwell feared that what we hated would ruin us, while Huxley feared that what we loved, "man's infinite appetite for distraction", will ruin us.

An idea worth spreading

"Self Comes to Mind" by Antonio Damasio, "Incomplete Nature" by Terrence Deacon, "The End of Science" John Horgan, "The General Theory of Love" Lewis, Amini, Lannon. "Connected" by Nicholas Christakis & James Fowler, "Being Wrong" by Kathryn Schulz, "The Philosophical Child" by Alison Gopnok, "Evolution's End" by Joseph Chilton Pierce, "Into the Silent Land" by Paul Broks, "Loneliness" by John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick, "Moral Minds" by Marc Hauser, "The Neuroscience of Human Relationships" by Louis Cozolino, Multiple Intelligence" by Howard Gardner, "The Science of Success by David Dobbs, The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore, "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely, "The Tending Instinct" by Shelley Taylor, "Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality, Identity and Self" by Rita Carter, the Philoctetes Center in New York City,

I'm passionate about

love of learning, appreciation of beauty and excellence, creativity, ingenuity, and originality, curiosity and interest in the world.

Talk to me about

You....-your ideas, your passion, and how I can help you. eGovernance, immersive virtual worlds, lateral thinking,

People don't know I'm good at

Editing my typos, biking, fantasy sports.

My TED story

My identical twin suggested I join TED after discussing the lectures by Susan Blackmore found on this site. It's been about a year since I joined TED and started commenting on the talks and sharing my ideas with the TED community. I feel honored that fellow members have responded in the positive way they have with their feedback, and that I have reach a milestone I consider an accomplishment. As Gary Vaynerchuk said, " The fact that anyone cares what you say is a huge deal." My TED story is that I continue to spread the ideas TED embodies by creating library events and programs, and encouraging the use of TED talks in the local schools.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted about 2 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
"We conclude that basic aspects of consciousness like primary self and core self (based on anoetic and noetic consciousness) are present in many species of vertebrates and that, even self-consciousness (autonoetic consciousness) does not seem to be a prerogative of humans and of some non-human primates but may, to a certain extent, be present in some other mammals and birds" http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00157/full?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Neuroscience-w19-2015
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Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted about 2 months ago
Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison
Here is another part of the story: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKTfaro96dg
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Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 2 months ago
Chris Milk: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine
Let's stop for a minute and realize that what is being accomplished here is still a work in progress. Admittedly, these are films, but it would not take all that much to create the same effect in real time for the same group of top influencers and decision-makers. The point is this immersion promotes a height sense of empathy that is otherwise not achievable. I'll add a guess here that our military may currently have real time virtual capabilities, at least to some extent.
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Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 2 months ago
Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans
I have great concerns about how our society is growing increasingly distant from each other and resulting to pets as a substitute. "WE LOVE OUR pets. Two thirds of Americans live with an animal, and according to a 2011 Harris poll, 90 percent of pet owners think of their dogs and cats as members of the family. These relationships have benefits. For example, in a survey by the American Animal Hospital Association, 40 percent of married female dog owners reported they received more emotional support from their pet than from their husband or their kids. The pet products industry calls this “the humanization of pets.” One of my colleagues recently spent $12,000 on cancer treatments for her best friend Asha, a Labrador retriever." http://www.wired.com/2015/04/people-care-pets-humans/
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Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 3 months ago
Dan Pacholke: How prisons can help inmates live meaningful lives
"Last year a “national client survey” of several thousand Swedish prisoners was undertaken in order to identify the issues that have affected their criminal behaviour. “The survey did not bring up any surprises, but it gave us confirmation of what we have learned from experience – that it is not one problem that our clients face, but two or more, sometimes as many as seven or eight different ones, including perhaps drugs, alcohol and psychiatric problems. And these problems did not just appear overnight. These are things that have developed over years. Most of the sentences in this country are relatively short. The window of opportunity that we have to make a change is very small, so we need to start from day one. Our strategy is to cover the whole range of problems, not just the one problem." http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/26/prison-sweden-not-punishment-nils-oberg
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Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 3 months ago
Dan Ariely: How equal do we want the world to be? You'd be surprised
"Stark and rising inequality plagues many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But inequality’s effects may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that family differences in income and education are directly correlated with brain size in developing children and adolescents. The findings could have important policy implications and provide new arguments for early antipoverty interventions, researchers say." http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2015/03/poverty-may-affect-growth-children-s-brains?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebook