Wednesday, July 13, 2005

TED Global

Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji,
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Oxford is nice. It is airy and full of students. Bloody boiling however.

Here for TED Global conference. We have only had two sessions so far (and a party) but so far so good. The former Afghan finance minister Ashraf Ghani told it like it is and said all these people with big brains are too busy designing great stuff - tech included - for themelves as opposed to looking to solve real problems.

We also heard biologist Richard Dawkins say that if he could re-engineer his brain he would make it so that he was a genius mathematician and he would love to time travel to walk with the dinos.

Irshad Manji, Canadian, lesbian, Muslim author, told us where Islam is going wrong.

David Deutsch - recluse physicist with a HUGE brain - told us all the evidence we need to know everything is right here with us. We live in multiple universes you know. Sometimes they intersect. He says we should not concern ourselves with how to stop global warming, but accept it and try to put it right - in other words, deal with it, don't avoid it. Learn how to live with the conditions it gives us.

I have been collecting great soundbites which I will blog separately. Right now I need to sleep. My telly keeps going on and off. Annoying.


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