David Johnson

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David Johnson
Posted 4 months ago
Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame
3 cheers to the TED Social Media Editor. Love your piece on keeping the Monica comment thread free of hate and the public shaming hurled at her since the release of the talk. Feel not concerned by responses of censorship. Be not worried when haters transferred their crap from Monica to you, as you are in the right. These people, and all the rest of the trolls and bullies that lie in wait for opportunities to attack and bully others online, do not operate from a normal psychological understanding of reality, and have an inflated and damaged sense of self based from a deep and incurable misunderstanding of how normal humans interrelate. The sickness that pervades the online bully culture, could be indicative of the slide in our social values, but I think that the bully growth pattern is more about their finally being provided with an anonymous platform, where in the face to face world, they were forced to remain quiet, so to not be ridiculed by normal society. We can try to condemn the hatred, but they will not stop. We can want to eradicate bullies from our world, but they will only continue. Monica's attempt to try to change the mindset of online shamers and bullies, although informative for the rest of us, falls on the deaf ears of haters, and they will respond with more hate. All we can do is simply do as you are doing now, disallow them a platform and censor their attempts to be in the open, and drive them back into their own holes of despair. The rest of the TED community care not for what they say, and do not care who they are. Here, we can and will draw a line, and be a community that embodies the best of human kind, and summarily reject those that can not dream of an inclusive world. Please continue removing them from the thread, and even blocking them from the community, as we have no need for them, or anything they say. Thanks for your hard work, and remember, there is an overwhelming yet quiet audience here that appreciate all that you do.
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David Johnson
Posted 11 months ago
Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming
I understand your points, and yes, the auto comment re socialism card was seen as such. If there was merit in it, I would not have commented back. but I was responding because it was in direct conflict with what Hanauer said. Burkes comment: "... money you want to give low income workers must be filched from the pockets of non-low income workers" In my mind that literally means the rich write checks for the poor, he never said anything like that. I agree with Uriah, that Hanauer did say those stats, but the redistribution of wealth would naturally occur by raising the pay and disposable income of low earners, therefore benefiting the economy and taxable revenues, as well as shrink the income disparity between the rich and the poor.
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David Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
I keep coming back to this talk, been many times now. Sometimes i view this story as a scientist. Sometimes as a public speaker, sometimes as a spiritual being, and occasionally as a lover, adventurer, poet and chronicalor. Every time I learn something, every time I am stunned ... every time ... I understand myself more. Everytime it is over, I want to see it again. THAT is the definition of a gift.
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David Johnson
Posted about 2 years ago
Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
Beyond the complexity of the subject matter, and the absolutely wonderful way that he discusses it, this may rank as a top 10 all time TED talk. Full of difficult quotes and story turns, no slides or images, graphs ... or spinal cords. An exceptionally presented talk on an incredibly difficult subject. The intensity of the conversation below, suggest that this talk and this subject does matter, as it has opened a door to an emotive and engaged audience. Occasionally I watch a Ted talk twice, but only a couple of times have I watched one numerous times. This is one of those. *share*
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David Johnson
Posted over 2 years ago
Science is developing the tools towards de-extinction of species on the planet that have become extinct. The question becomes; Should we?
Thank you for clarifying. Your point brings up the question regarding "we can either fear change or embrace it"; Does that mean we should not maintain control of our choices as to how change occurs? - We burn oil, even though we know the consequences, be it right or wrong. - We develop medicine to save lives, which we believe is right. We need not fear change, but we should make informed choices regarding change, that's what this conversation is all about. Do we have the information needed to assess the potential consequences of this science? That's not fear, just good science.
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David Johnson
Posted over 2 years ago
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
This aspect was my concern as well with this project. Lets say they are successful at bringing to life a Passenger Pigeon, and its viable. Lets presume further that they bring a bunch more into the world, until they have a number that could be genetically self sustaining. Now lets also stretch it to where as Brand says, we enlist other birds of a close variety to teach the migratory habits to these newbs. Essentially what you would end up with would be a flock of huge numbers of migrating birds with this genetic makeup flying thousands of miles annually, through how many different and diverse ecosystems on its route. Now imagine the impact of either a de-extinct or a genetically 'close' bird population on each and every ecosystem. Lets flip the coin; If we do not allow them to be set free for these kinds of reasons, but allow them to be created as genetic lab rats in controlled environments ... I gotta ask ... whats the point?
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David Johnson
Posted over 2 years ago
Science is developing the tools towards de-extinction of species on the planet that have become extinct. The question becomes; Should we?
Thank you for your lesson on microbials. Its a very complex subject, but I do understand your point. I think your asking if the animal created in this process will have the necessary bacteria to survive? Lets consider further that the host for the Passenger Pigeon may be a chicken. Will your concern at the microbial level be affected by this? Perhaps a reader has more information on this.