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Telperion the Silver
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TED is an amazing organization!

Check out some of the inspiring lectures (some of my favorites):

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jill_tarter_s_call_to_join_the_seti_search.html

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans.html

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_dawkins_on_our_queer_universe.html

As stated on its website, "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader."

http://www.ted.com/

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Lyrhawn
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There were a few really good TED lectures in the Green Energy thread if you can do a search to find them. I generally don't browse around there unless someone specifically links me, but they have some great pieces.
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The White Whale
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I love some of their musical ones.

Check out this one by Benjamin Zander. I love that guy.

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Ted also means "spread to dry" as in hay. So that's the pun they're making, in case anyone needed it spelled out in painful detail. That's my job. I'm an engineer. We get paid to spell things out in excruciating, agonizing detail. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by The White Whale:
I love some of their musical ones.

Check out this one by Benjamin Zander. I love that guy.

Lovely one. [Big Grin] I laughed my ass off.
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have we determined how to properly use Emotes within parenthesis without it seeming mismatched?
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I wasn't expecting Julia Sweeney's talk to deal with Mormon missionaries, but man I wanted to die as she explained how they went about answering her questions. It wasn't a case of milk before meat, it was just plain wrong. I suppose that's why Mormons joke that the church must be true otherwise the missionaries would have destroyed it by now.
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Was it just me, or did her story cut off about mid-story? I was interested in her conclusions but never got to hear them.

That was a strange introduction to LDS beliefs. I wonder how much she was embellishing on it, but yeah--those missionaries were kind of off in left field. I was squirming as well. It's pretty easy to totally misrepresent the church.

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The Julia Sweeney talk is part of much longer one woman show she does called "Letting go of God". It's available in audiobook form and on dvd. It's a really really sweet and engaging story. It's about her journey to atheism from a starting point of trying to become a more devout catholic.
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But the one on the TED site just seemed to cut off. Based on where it cut off in the talk, I'm actually surprised she was heading toward how she became an atheist.
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That's why it's such an interesting story. [Smile]
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Shai Agassi: A bold plan for mass adoption of electric cars
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They have a great lecture on cheating.
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