theorellior: As a rule, you should steer clear of any franchise that regularly involves Deepak Chopra being insightful.
IntertubeUser: If I'm doing something, and want to learn shiat, what's a good alternative to TED talks that isn't mind-rotting bullshiat garbage?
IntertubeUser: I'm guilty. I enjoy TED talks. If I'm in the kitchen cooking, or doing something and need something to listen to, I'll set up a TED talks playlist and get busy. I think I'm smart enough to filter the good stuff from the bullshiat, but ... what if I'm not? I one's an idiot, wouldn't they'd be the last to know?Farkers, I need your help.Music bores me ... the onion on my belt interferes with the reception. NPR ... only so much of that a person can take if it's not This American Life and Radio Lab is just farking annoying. If I'm doing something, and want to learn shiat, what's a good alternative to TED talks that isn't mind-rotting bullshiat garbage?I'll hang up and listen.
mamoru: IntertubeUser: If I'm doing something, and want to learn shiat, what's a good alternative to TED talks that isn't mind-rotting bullshiat garbage?Take some classes on subjects that interest you, or that you feel you want to brush up on, on Coursera or other MOOC sites? The enthusiasm of the lecturers will vary, but there's not real penalty for dropping classes that just aren't doing it for you.If you want to go for some biology stuff, I'll gladly recommend any of the following:- Introduction to Genetics and Evolution (Dr. Moore is great!)- Useful Genetics I & II (Rosie Redfield runs this; it's challenging but really well done)- Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression (Really interesting, but probably super tough if you don't have some genetics background)- Dinosaur Paleobiology (nice, and you can set your own schedule as all video lectures are available from the start)- Human Evolution: Past and Future (Run by John Hawks; I actually dropped this because I have too much on my plate at the moment, but I full intend to take the next session)- Marine Megafauna (worth looking into if you are interested in Marine Biology)If you are interested in other topics, there are plenty of other things to learn about, as well. :)
jonny_q: Every good Ted talk I ever saw was something that would have been interesting if it was about 4 times longer. There are some that are shiat. The rest are only long enough to get you interested.I love to listen to a good speaker talk for a good solid hour. I don't care if it's a stand up comic or Neil deGrasse Tyson. Ted talks are too short to be useful in the event they happen to be good.
PanicMan: Evil? Really. That's the word you went with.
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