Theodore A. Hoppe

Montpelier, VT, United States

About Theodore A.


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

Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted about 22 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
"My intent is neither to bury nor to praise the neurobiology of consciousness — although I certainly prefer it to the grotesquely unscientific drivel that has emerged as its alternative — but to point instead to another side of bona fide ‘consciousness research’ that has received all too little attention. I refer to the question of why consciousness exists at all. Evolutionary biologists find it useful to distinguish two basic kinds of questions: proximate and ultimate, which essentially equate to ‘how’ versus ‘why’."
Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 1 day ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
In this TEDxTalk Tegmark discusses "Phi" Consciousness is a mathematical pattern: Max Tegmark "As a physicist, Max Tegmark sees people as "food, rearranged." That makes his answer to complicated questions like "What is consciousness?" simple: It's just math. Why? Because it's the patterns, not the particles, that matter."
Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 3 days ago
Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?
I have no clue about what you are trying to say, are how it applies to this talk. There is no evidence of a soul and if there were it wold not be the conscious self. The self is a construct of the body/mind. If you watch this video regarding the research of Olaf Blanke you will see that it is possible to reorient the mind to being other than it bodily self. "What is a conscious self ? What exactly makes an experience a subjective phenomenon ? Starting with the neurology of out-of-body experiences and the breakdown of bodily mechanisms of self-consciousness, this talk presents novel neuroscience data on selfconsciousness and subjectivity in healthy subjects using techniques from cognitive neuroscience and engineering-based technologies such as virtual reality and robotics. It translates these research findings to the bedside and show how control over the brain mechanisms of our daily "inside--body experience" can join forces with neuro-engineering and thus impact treatments for patients with amputation and spinal cord injury."
Theodore A. Hoppe
Posted 12 days ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Yes, and theyfound this to be true in several different experiments and even in different countries. "But what we're finding is that, the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to pursue a vision of personal success, of achievement and accomplishment, to the detriment of others around you.