Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Do you have a favorite TED talk?

Does this poem speak to anyone like it does to me?

Healing Powers

In 1956 Dr Alice's Lancet article shared her discovery:
At a rate of 2 to 1, children who died of cancer
had mothers who were x-rayed while pregnant.

But the world was in love with the cool new machines,
And surely doctors intent on healing
Could never do harm.

The slaughter of the innocents continued for
Twenty-five more years
Despite the news.

"Openness alone cannot drive change."

Institutions cannot think.
They are comprised of people
Who find some information frightening,
And the conflict it evokes threatening. 

They do not see
Conflict as a kind of thinking.
They have not yet embraced
The value of differences
Nor built the muscles
Such thinking requires.

Dr. Alice (the people person)
and statistician George (the reclusive nerd)
danced a passionate pas de deux.

His task---to disprove her theory,
Hers, to prove it right.
They brought their best:
Their devotion to science's highest purposes,
opposite perspectives,
Their varied backgrounds.
They were not each other's echoes.

It was exhausting. It was not fun.
It took patience and a lot of energy.
It was a kind of love.

By this tumultuous process
--and the death of a child a week for twenty-five years--
changes came.

"Openness isn't the end. It is the beginning.

Author: Linda Hoffman Kimball (who wrote this after hearing the TED at the end of this post.)

Thank you Tyler for introducing me to TED talks!

Do you have any favorite TED talks you could tell me about? 
I've been home with a fever since Sunday and I could use the distraction…. I may as well be learning.

What is a TED talk? I am new to this so I looked it up:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, 
usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).


Tyler Heasley said...

You're welcome! :)

Scrapally said...

I don't know what a TED talk is. lol But I am glad you are learning while you are recuperating! Sounds like it's time for me to learn...Feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

The talk by Jill Bolte Taylor, who wrote My Stroke of Insight. About recovery from stroke. Fascinating.

Grandma Honey said...

Sorry Allyson….I thought I was the only one new to TED talks. I looked it up:
"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)."

THANK YOU Darlene….I will watch that today!

lindsay lark said...

I love TED talks! I'll have to try and recall some of my favorites. This isn't a TED talk, but I thought you might enjoy this shirt YouTube clip while you're recuperating. Hope you're feeling better soon!

Grandma Honey said...

Thank you Lindsay. I just watched it. It radiated such peace and joy. I like how it showed the missionaries just wanting to help people be happy. Even if it just meant listening, or smiling.

Yes, please do tell me any TED talks that you liked….I want to watch them.

Anonymous said...

By the way, I enjoyed the Ted talk you posted.

Anonymous said...

"Teah" is actually a better spelling for people unfamiliar with her name. It's more likely to be pronounced correctly. Just sayin'.

Susan Anderson said...

I don't think I've ever heard any TED talks. I need to look into this further, as it sounds like something I'd really enjoy.

Fell better!