Why do TED talks always make me a little misty?

April 16, 2010

This TED talk is by the author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives , which I think I need to read (it’s even on Kindle!) when I’m done with my quals.

In this eloquent TED talk excerpt,* the author notes that he would not want to go back in time because this is the healthiest, wealthiest, most comfortable-for-humanity time in history (he left out that it’s also the least violent).  Then he expresses his frustration that despite all the wonderful things that science has achieved for humanity, we’re now living in a time where many intelligent, educated people mistrust, reject, and even fear the results of science, including most prominently vaccines and genetically-modified foods.  (Also, a nice, amusing little bit on how much we invest–financially and psychically–in Big Placebo.. a.k.a. vitamins and supplements).

* Are there any ineloquent TED talks?

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