There seems to be a fear in our society about asking a question that people may find, well, pick a word: scary, un-ethical, non-politically correct, otherwise ridiculous etc. People seem to be concerned about looking foolish or G_d forbid, racist. But why should this be the case. I truly believe that if anything in the world is going to change questions need to be asked and people need to think about the answers.
Last year I attended college, taking an Access to HE course in order to gain entry onto my current degree programme here at the University of Kent. During one of the classes the topic being discussed was over-population and scarce resources. Quite innocently, I will explain*, I remarked that in Africa we cull all sorts of species if their numbers were reaching unsustainable levels and that perhaps we should consider culling people for the same reasons. As you can imagine this idea invoked involuntary outbursts of laughter closely followed by objections to even having thought about it. My question is WHY? Continue Reading
Firstly, I apologise for being away so long. The work load increased quite dramatically at college towards the end and I was really busy. However, I will attempt to post more often. In the meantime, I would just like to add a little note about where I am now… Continue Reading
Great video. Sir Ken has a great way of getting his message across. Found this on TED.com blog. I do love TED.com. Great stuff on there. Just a pity the TED conferences are so expensive to go to, but thankfully they post the videos for us mere mortals. Enjoy…
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:48)
Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 700+ TEDTalks.
I am publishing this post, not so much for its content, rather for the way that Hans Rosling presents his stats. I first came across him on a programme called The Joy Of Stats (BBC4 I think). Link to that clip below the TED video.
He really does make it really easy to process the information you are seeing, Continue Reading