I'm just a retired high school science teacher. I find many TED talks intriguing. Some of the Talkers that come to mind are Hans Rosling, Steven Pinker, Dan Gilbert, Sheena Lyengar, Jonathan Haidt, Sheryl WuDunn, Gever Tulley, Robin Wright, to name but a few. As more come to mind, I'll expand the list.
I don't do "passionate". However, I like the recognition of Multiple Intelligences. Conversely, Democracy's tenuous health (IMO) worries me. Humor is good, maybe I'm passionate about it as a balm.
Any idea that reduces the prevalence of visceral hatred in America of political opponents.
Recently, in conversation with a neighbor regarding socio-political affairs, the USA came up. My neighbor's first comment concerned the appalling visceral hatred of her young American nieces toward Hillary Clinton. I too have been concerned about this growing bile for some time.
On 9/11 I saw a brief interview with an intelligent, elderly American; one of the many good souls, of which your nation can be proud. She said, with great anguish in her voice,"WHY do THEY hate us so?" This question, critical to the US's future, has reverberated through the intervening years. I refer you to Ron Paul's insights on this issue.
I would argue that there is a question even more urgent to American Democracy. A question I also ask myself, as my own reflex reactions to the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld are all too vitriolic.
The question is this, "Americans, how have YOU come to hate each other so?"
whatever fascinates you! Also, how can we bridge the gap(s) to work more constructively with our political opposites. Jonathan Haidt's work ?? ('tho, I was dismayed at the polar-ized/ing comments)
tinkering - and neither did I until Gever Tulley's talk had me reflect upon my own five decades of tinkering …
I spend too much time viewing TED lectures. And, simultaneously, not enough.
This member doesn't have any favorite talks yet.