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TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDGlobal 2011

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Gaurav Gupta
Posted 10 months ago
Can we replace chosen memories, to have a richer life experience?
Hi Tina, I was surprised that one of the findings in Elizabeth Loftus' studies was, it was psychotherapy which led to worsening of understanding of past issues. Not meaning to say that would be true in all the cases, but from the studies it seems sometimes things just go from bad to worse in therapy. Sorry for not knowing much more than that technically. But I read the paper issued by Loftus in which they introduced memories of "feeling sick after drinking vodka" as an experience that happened before the age of sixteen, and that had a positive impact. I was imagining a situation, where someone dealing with childhood trauma, is given memories to reinterpret the experience, (not as whose responsibility, but just as to experience, a neutral benign experience). Perhaps, decades of therapy could be saved and that person could move on. Again, there is a lot to discuss about the side effects, tinkering with the direction in which a persons life is headed, responsible use, and even before all that, long term effectiveness.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted 10 months ago
Can we replace chosen memories, to have a richer life experience?
Elizabeth Loftus in this TED talk showed an interesting result, by introducing a new memory of "getting sick after drinking vodka" and participants show an aversion to vodka. Similarly, a traumatic experience can may be, be replaced with a better interpretation of that event. Ofcourse, there are multiple implications: Life is richer with those experiences, a traumatic experience can lead to better detection and coping ability with other traumatic experiences?, or in some cases people convert trauma and tragedy into triumph and go on to help others. Will the world have an opportunity if we were to reduce the effect of trauma by introducing more benign experiences.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
I just figured that a billionaire who had 30 Billion dollars had more money than 39 of the poorest countries put together. Also, he had more money than the whole nation of Democratic Republic of Congo earns in an year, and Congo has 72 Million people!!
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
Allan, I agree with you whole heartedly. I could not have better summaried my sentiments. I feel what you call "emotionally grounded" is what I meant by being in a "state of strength"... i.e. feeling strong, perhaps by feeling grounded, comforted or by believing in the fact that there is a god that is omniscient and therefore can protect from everything.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
I really wonder about our disbelief in death, while we all know for a fact that that is a reality. We also know that death is inevitable and uncertain. We know that it is also uncertain. Hence, it could happen anytime. Just as I type maybe. However, we hope that it does not. We grossly overestimate the chances that it would not. We grossly overestimate the chances that there is a god. Simply because we like to believe that. The privileged connection with a supreme being is one reason. Also, having all the answers, feeling certain, therefore also having access to the answer of death, all these make it a very likable proposition. I think this is what makes god such an important part of our consciousness, our being conscious human beings, who can think about themselves thinking.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
Can you please help resolve my confusion. What about unintended consequences. In which case the entire purpose of the cause would become creation of effect A, while there has also been an effect B. In which case it will become impossible for the cause to be the "entire purpose" of cause A. Would love to discuss effect, decision, being, viewpoint once we resolve cause. Thanks.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
Thank you for your comment. I agree with "it is illogical to make any claim about "all" people in any grouping". I really meant to point towards the majority that sustains a major idea, be it science or faith. There may still be a problem with generalization here, however the idea is to find a common distinction between the scientific group (that strictly believes in science) and the other group (that largely accepts science in the paradigm of faith). So my understanding was, one would believe in something, only because there are reasons to believe in it. Once reasons run out, we turn to faith. As a result, we try to reason away any uncertainty with "faith". The advantage of uncertainty is, if we could learn to live with uncertainty, there is a greater chance that we would reach new answers and better questions, opposed to a situation where we do away with uncertainty with faith.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?
This is also a realization. All reasoning individuals, those that reason everything, question their own belief system continuously. Because they do, they are always in doubt of what is "right". All those who believe are never in doubt of what is "right". This means that those who live in doubt, are always in a state of weakness. And those who are in a state of faith are always in a state of strength. However, it is the reasoning doubting ones who are really strong because they can live in this weakness of strength and discovery. Just the fact that scientists have more cause to celebrate when a theory is disproved and a new paradigm is created.
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Gaurav Gupta
Posted about 2 years ago
Do you have a small idea to make this world Green? Mention if you already use it.
About household waste recycling, we had a great idea presented by a bureaucrat from Andhra Pradesh during TED@Bangalore last month. They have a system in which waste is collected from households every morning, by hand pulled carts and it is separated into colored bins, recyclable and composting waste, right at the time that it is collected. Again, this cart meets a bigger truck, that meets a bigger truck capable of carrying 30 Tonnes of waste. At the dumping site, they place the waste in composting heaps rather than just dump them. The recyclable waste never reaches a dumping site, it leaves for processing plants right after collection.