Jean Thomas

Chapin, SC, United States

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Jean Thomas
Posted about 3 years ago
Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing
Where is the hard data that supports this idea of the future scarcity of water? If the polar ice caps are melting and the world's water levels are rising because scientists are telling us that water is encroaching upon our global land masses, how can water be the next thing that is a scarce resource? If our future as a world economy is to become less dependent upon oil, what might it become more dependent upon in the future? Maybe water and hydrogen power? It appears that the concept of "water is scarce" is permeating the world market, which will only continue to drive up the price of water. It already has: water used to be "free" and now there is a mad scramble to get your legal portion of it before it runs out. If everybody thinks it's going to run out, then who do you think stands in the best position to profit from such a mind scare? The people who own and control the water on this planet. I wonder who that will be?
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Jean Thomas
Posted about 3 years ago
Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Small acts of kindness really do make a difference in peoples' lives. It seems as if Bezos is taunting us with the feel-good attractiveness that a big rescue can bring to a rescuer's ego. But when he gets to the story of the shoes, he sends the most powerful, yet tender-hearted message. We are all capable of making a difference every day in very small ways that mean alot.
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Jean Thomas
Posted about 3 years ago
Courtney Martin: This isn't her mother's feminism
What I got out of this talk was a very inspirational approach to daily living for a woman. The 'living with paradox' and 'failing really well' points provided a message of hope to many women, who at this time in social progress(or roadblocks to) can seek to find balance in their personal lives. Yes, there are many broken systems in the world we live in, but to set yourself on fire because of it is not the answer. Using your mind, your heart and human compassion to keep yourself in balance as well as loving those around you who are connected to your life - that is the key to social progress and balancing the paradoxes of life. I applaud her father for taking a stand about the club that would accept his son, but not his daughter. That is one example that showed how he truely valued human life - we are all the same, we all share the same human needs.
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Posted about 3 years ago
Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney
I was most impressed with the laboratory's living tissue heart valve, since it has a particular and personal importance to a near and dear loved one. If replacement heart valves can be made available, such that a person's body does not reject that new part, it is an astounding medical accomplishment. As for printing a human kidney, well that is certainly mind-blowing technology.
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Jean Thomas
Posted about 3 years ago
Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education
One of the most meaningful experiences that sparked my interest in mathematics was watching a very enthusiastic and gifted calculus teacher fill chalkboard after chalkboard with equations without any notes. His enthusiasm was so infectious that I tried harder than I ever did in college because of that experience. After that, I had wished that every one of my future teachers was as gifted as this one. Kahn has a great idea - taking the most gifted and meaningful teachers and preserving those gifts on video.
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Jean Thomas
Posted about 3 years ago
David Brooks: The social animal
So much of this talk has similarities to what the Dalai Lama speaks of: "we are a social animal", "we are all the same", "we show compassion towards others", "we have calm minds", "we engage in dialogue, not violence". Much of these deeper human characteristics are necessary for bringing to light more human civility in the future. These ideas are the start of the ways that help our society to evolve into something more unified. A more cooperative direction where the whole of society becomes more powerful than the sum of its parts. What a great talk that slightly weaves in ideas of a collective consciousness!