We really need to rethink our educations systems, and value our creative capacities. The education system is often killing our youth's possibilities for the future by not taking into consideration that everyone learns differently. one thing that struck me as interesting he said in this talk is that, you were told when growing up (some people) not to follow music cuz you'd never get a job doing that. or not to be an artist cuz you'd never get a job doing that. but today, thanks in many ways to computers, we have the abilty to use our creative talents to create media, which is indeed a big business. the business of communication often utilizes all the faculties of sight, sound, movement, drawing, etc. back in the day of this one now famous dancer, when she was a child she was very nervous so they took her to a psyciatrist. at the end of the session he turned the music on and watched the little girl start dancing. he told the mother, take her to dance class! she's a dance. but now a days, they probably would have medicated her in order to calm her down.
OTHER TED TALKS I LOVE crack cocain leaders (very cool otherwise known as "why do crack dealers still live with their mothers") crack cocain had the biggest impact on inner city life gangs than any other drug. it transformed the drug lords from being poor and living at home, to having tons of money. the people who were running the gang, it was a great way to make a lot of money. Steven Levitt's eye-opening Freakonomics took economic theory into the real world of suburban parenting and urban drug gangs, turning conventional wisdom upside-down. Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn’t lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you. The gang is like MacDonalds in it's organizational structure. This is SO FUNNY TALK about academics:
Matthieu Ricard HABITS OF HAPPINESS What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment. Sometimes called the "happiest man in the world," Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author and photographer.
CHRIS ANDERSEN, THE LONG TAIL. every wondered where the long tail came from? He's perhaps most famous for coining the term "the long tail," a whiteboard favorite that describes the business strategy of pursuing many little fish (versus a few big fish), as typified by both Amazon and Netflix. Anderson first introduced the term in an article written for WIRED in 2004; the book-length version, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, became a bestseller. He maintains a blog, The Long Tail, which he updates with impressive regularity.
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE: Dan Dennett: Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes
Philosopher and scientist Dan Dennett argues that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes and are not what we traditionally think they are. His 2003 book Freedom...Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.
I REALLY LIKE HOW HE SAYS it's really important NOT to impose our memes on other cultures.