Seeing new stuff from TED always evokes two sensations in me: childish, stamp-my-feet annoyance that I’m not there myself, and probably will never be; and sheer delight at the whole idea of TED — not least, the ability to see all the talks online (with captions/transcripts, even… which actually makes this better in a way than seeing them in person).
Thanks so much for posting from the current edition — even more of a You Are There feel!
OK, I now owe you 50 Starbucks points. Just so you know, 10 Starbucks point plus $2.00 will buy you a really good cup of coffee!! I just listened to ZImbardo, and again you are my window to the world, and I thank you for that. Obviously you may doubt the real value of my points, but I certainly don’t doubt the value of being in touch with you. One more time, Susan, thank you!
I don’t know whether I am more jealous that you are at TED2013 or that you got to interview Philip Zimbardo! He would be so fascinating to talk with, can’t wait to read the interview. Thanks for giving us a snippet into the event, can’t wait to see more.
You have foreseen the publication of your work “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” in Portuguese language?
I look forward to reading.
The hardest thing in the world to kill is creativity.” ~ June Cohen, TED host
“The time to start picking your family is now. Grabbing whomever you’re sleeping with at age 30, when everyone on Facebook starts walking down the aisle, is not progress.”
I agree wholeheartedly with the second sentence, but as a very late starter when it comes to dating due to various issues, I really don’t like the implication that there’s some kind of time limit. One very big issue I’ve had to deal with is feeling like nobody will want me because I’m starting later, so that’s not exactly an encouraging thing to hear. This talk doesn’t allow for the many people who start late in one area or another because of obstacles, many of whom already feel like they’ve missed their chance.
I saw another reference to Meg Jay’s book recently and realised another reason I was bothered by the quote on your site - the fact that this site specifically deals with shyness, yet this quote doesn’t take into account that shyness may make it difficult for a person to “start picking their family”. Ditto the effect that the Extrovert Ideal has on a person’s view of themselves - it’s difficult to motivate yourself to start looking for a partner if you believe that you are unlovable. Not only is complacency not the only reason a person might put off looking for a partner, as I mentioned above, several of the other reasons relate directly to shyness and introversion.