Monthly Archives: September 2012

Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson argues in his TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” that the industrial assembly line approach to our current educational system kills creativity.  Our educational system was devised in the 1800s and deeply influenced by the industrial revolution.  … Continue reading

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Universal access to free, high-quality courses

“The future is so clearly one of universal access to free, high-quality, impeccably branded online courses that their presence can be simply assumed. The interesting questions now revolve around financing, quality assurance, and—most important—credit.”  Into the Future With MOOCs – … Continue reading

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Letting Go of God (an excerpt). Julia Sweeny TED Talk

Some of this presentation was funny.  Other parts she definitely misrepresents religion, experience with God, and Mormonism.  That wasn’t funny.  As if what this world needs is more misunderstanding instead of more understanding.  For example, I was surprised when everyone … Continue reading

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When it comes to tech, simplicity sells. David Pogue TED Talk

Compelling ideas.  What if academic scholarship adopted these design principles?  What would the implications be (pros and cons)?  What would it look like?  For example, if scholarship had more “white space” like the Google home page, what would that look … Continue reading

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A secular, scientific rebuttal to Rick Warren. Dan Dennett TED Talk

This was not a “scientific” rebuttal to Rick Warren, though it was definitely secular.  It was rather the attempt at a rebuttal by someone who would call himself a scientist.  There was nothing scientific about the rebuttal; only an offended … Continue reading

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Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better. Tony Robbins TED Talk

Great ideas by Tony Robbins.  But rated R for language.  I’m always more impressed with people who can demonstrate sophistication with language.  Swearing demonstrates the opposite.

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Living a life of purpose. Rick Warren TED Talk

Great talk.  Living a life of purpose.

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