Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Have you Seen TED? The Possibilities of Enlightenment

We all lead busy lives (yes, even retired folk like me). Our desire for information and knowledge to allow us to intelligently interpret the world around us is limited by many factors, not the least of which are time constraints. Certainly, we may try to keep abreast of things by reading daily newspapers, pursuing ideas and imagination through books, even watching intelligently-designed television programs. Nonetheless, we really can grasp onto only a minuscule portion of the ideas and knowledge that pervade our world.

Nevertheless, there is a way to explore a wealth of ideas, within those constraints, in a fairly systematic and efficient manner. Recently introduced to it by a friend, I have found that TED Talks offer an opportunity too good to pass up.

The following blurb offers a good description of TED's mission:

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you're an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.

Offering an amazing array of subject matter, the videos are of some of the best teachers and communicators in the world. I hope you can take some time to check it out.

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