The feeling that you may have just boarded a Scientology cruise ship is not accidental. It’s rooted partly in Silicon Valley’s techno-Rapturist soil, and partly in Anderson’s own evangelical yearnings. Those invited to speak at TED are mailed an actual stone tablet engraved with “The TED Commandments.” (One is “Thou Shalt Not Sell From the Stage”.) June Cohen, who runs TED’s media operation, told an audience two years ago that her sister-in-law calls the TED Talk “a secular sermon”. The atheist Daniel Dennett suggested that TED could “replace” religion, observing that it “already, largely wittingly I think, adopted a lot of the key design features of good religions”, including giving away content.
Really fascinating article all about the phenomenon that is TED.
⎚ Watching instructions: Take seven minutes and 27 seconds, watch, smile, repeat whenever glumness strikes
I won’t really tell you anything about it, but as an intro here are the eight things Eddie said he learned while preparing to give this talk:
- Simplicity > Complex.
- Birthing one’s truth requires you to go through chaos. Own it and do it anyway.
- Be a channel, not just a speaker. ( Thx Georg Engeli)
- Life works its magic when you just chill out and let things be.
- We are, really, still in the stone age. The good stuff is only just getting started.
- Fearlessness is not the absence of fear but the acceptance of it. We are all shit scared.
- You don’t have to know whats next. Dive into the ambiguity and good things will come to the surface.
- People are awesome