"“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” - Henry Thomas Buckle
Take some time today to really be aware of how you talk. How much of your time is spent discussing people and events? Train yourself to refrain from engaging in conversations like this because they trigger all the things that create barriers to thinking critically. This is because discussions about events and people are typically through the filter of our own assumptions and beliefs.
How does the metaphorical lightbulb go off? Is it a flash of genius? The power of crowds? These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves: Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nurture them..
Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive.