David Brooks
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As one of its weekly programs, the Arizona Senior Academy periodically features a selection of recent TED Talks, streamed over the Internet and presented on the “big screen” in the Great Room of the ASA Building.  Four TED Talks will be presented next Thursday, (9/12) beginning at 3:30 p.m.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”  It now organizes a global set of conferences sponsored by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation headquartered in New York City and Vancouver, B.C.

The four TED talks to be presented next Thursday at Academy Village are:

  • “A Tale of Two Political Systems” by Eric X. Li, a Shanghai venture capitalist and political scientist who argues that the universality claim of Western democratic systems is going to be “morally challenged” by China.
  • “Virtual Choir Live” by Eric Whitacre, a composer and conductor who has brought together “virtual choirs” — singers from many countries spliced together on video.  In this presentation he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world “Skype in” to join an onstage choir (assembled from three southern California colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre’s “Cloudburst,” based on a poem by Octavio Paz.
  • “The Social Animal” by New York Times columnist David Brooks, who shares insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences that he reported in his latest book.
  • “Cloudy With a Chance of Joy” by Gavin Pretor-Pinny, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.  As he shows “charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture,” Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

Since June 2006, TED Talks have been available online on the websites of TED, YouTube and iTunes. By November 2012 they had been viewed more than one billion times.

Submitted by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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Academy Features Four Selected TED Talks: Sept. 2013
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