Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

Categories: Knowledge,TED Videos

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Dec 12

Paul Fernhout: Democratic Debate & Decision-Making

Paul Fernhout

Michael Sandal’s book, as reviewed here at Phi Beta Iota (see Review: Public Philosophy–Essays on Morality in Politics) prompted my putting forward some related links and thoughts. I highly recommend Michael Sandal’s TED presentation The Lost Art of Democratic Debate

“Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says — but we’re shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.”

Here is a related P2P Discussions on the Future of the Economy.

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Jul 26

TED: Deliberate Food Poisoning in America

John Steiner

In 1990 new proteins were engineered into the American food supply.  Other countries don’t allow it.  Walmart, Kraft and Pepsi actually formulate different food for export.  America has highest cancer rates in the world.

Robyn O’Brien gives us information and patterns she has assembled and synthesized about how our food “industry” makes us sick (allergies, cancer, etc., etc.), raises our health care costs, weakens our global competitiveness, etc. and what we can do about it.

Robyn O’Bryan at TED (2nd Time: Patriotism on a Plate)

Phi Beta Iota: Industry–which operates on public incorporation commissions–lacks integrity because the government lacks integrity, as does the media in a corporate state.    We have had a failure of integrity across the entire US system of systems (see Paradigms of Failure).

See Also:

Robyn O’Brien’s Tedx Talk: Food’s Erin Brockovich — Allergy Kids/health care costs/global competitiveness

Review (Guest): The Unhealthy Truth–How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About It

Food Industry’s Erin Brockovich–Unhealthy Truth

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Jun 11

TED: John Perry Barlow on Collective Consciousness


John Perry Barlow

TEDxMarin – John Perry Barlow – The Right to Know


Phi Beta Iota: This is classic Barlow, totally new fresh look, a moving and deeply engaging personal monologue on where we are, where we are going.

“Thought is not a noun to be owned, it is a verb, an action.”

“Copyright is the wrong model for monetizing thinking.”

See Also:

Electronic Frontier Foundation

1992 Barlow (US) Information Wants to Be Free

Review: The Virtual Community–Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier

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Jun 1

Geothermal Energy for Palestine

Michael Ostrolenk

Keeping Palestine Cool: A Different Kind of Underground Movement

YouTube – TEDxRamallah – Khaled Al Sabawi

Watch Video 19:33

In Passing:

Why Palestinians Have Time on Their Side

By Jeffrey Goldberg Bloomberg, May 24, 2011 7:28 PM ET


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May 24

[Spiritual] Death of TED?

You know that an era is over when the speakers at TED are dominated by people like General MacChrystal.

I get it – coolness, celebrity, and schmoozing will save the world.  No actual work is required.  Just conferences for people who no longer do any actual work.  Bertolt Brecht would recognize Berlin in the 1930’s.

As Posted to Closed List of Real Pioneers

Phi Beta Iota: We have 80 active contributors, and tend to defer to the original intent, but this is a spiritual commentary with a cultural point that is valid, but over the top on dismissing the 80% of TED that is wonderous–such as our most respected TED Video to date, TED: Sugata Mitra–The child-driven education.  The above is a strong signal for TED, nothing more, nothing less.

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Mar 6

Short Videos – Eye-opening, heart-opening, mind-opening, amazing

Tom Atlee

Dear friends,

Sometimes when this work seems too hard, someone will send me a video link… and I’ll suddenly find myself bathed in one more reason why it is worth pouring so much of life into creating a decent, joyful, healthy society.

There is so much going on in the world that is worth preserving, so much worth celebrating, so much worth nurturing.  And, of course, most of it is not on videos.

But a lot of it is…

I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorites.  Most of them are 2-10 minutes long.  I’ve marked the longer ones.


All Links with Descriptions Below the Line

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Jan 26