T.E.D. Takeaways 2011
This year's T.E.D. ideas summit produced some ideas worth repeating: Being wrong is as essential to life as being right, the rise of the "filter bubble," and others...
Here is a summary of ten of the most important ideas to come out of this year's Technology, Entertainment and Design (T.E.D.) conference: "People don't have to be together to create something more than the sum of their parts. Conductor Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choirs feature the voices of thousands of people from around the world who performed their parts alone via YouTube. Living is in the struggle, not just the existence. The South Africa-based Handspring Puppet Company creates amazingly lifelike puppets whose struggle to be believed to be real on stage is a metaphor, they say, for the struggle to do more than simply exist in the time we're on earth..."
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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