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    TEDx Talks




    TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere -- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED's format and rules.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks/featured

    http://tedxtalks.ted.com/



    TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

    https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

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    Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada



    In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

    Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere. For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red. Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.” In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  bobhardee on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:49 am

    4/29/2016  This is one of my favorite Ted Talks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Swanny on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:48 pm

    What a terrible voice she has Bored
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    Post  Pris on Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:17 am

    Swanny wrote:What a terrible voice she has Bored

    Huh... you think so?  Seems okay to me.  What did you think of the message? I rather liked it... Thanks for sharing the video, bobhardee! Cool

    Interestingly...... (please scroll down to see my next post)

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    .....I found this comment on the video:

    daniel overwater:

    When people do not know the full Truth, it means they have never experienced life fully, or they would know the Truth. How can someone be enlightened and not know the truth? Knowing the truth would have to come with enlightenment, or you would not be enlightened. For the 1st time in history the Truth of Life is unveiled. Google TruthContest read the Present, it explains in the most accurate but understandable way the big picture of life. It is the key to enlightment because it will change your mind, it overcomes the badstates of your controlling mind. Changing your mind according to the Truth is the real key to fulfillment.


    I noticed all the likes this comment had so I thought I'd check out this 'TruthContest' and found something that definitely caught my attention.

    Here's the first three pages:


    The Ultimate Truth in 3 pages.

    The Present
    by Michael Smith



    A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.
    Albert Einstein


    Truth you can check: It is as matter of fact as the ground and as useful as food. It's the kind of truth that can make hate and war as unnecessary as ignorance.

    Charles Darwin revealed how evolution works, but not what it really means.

    Evolution is no longer just a theory; it has been proven true beyond a reasonable doubt. The problem is, even people who believe evolution is true disassociate themselves from the process. They somehow skipped all the lower forms of animal life and just started out at the top of the evolutionary ladder.

    The evidence says we evolved as life evolved.

    Human beings did not just appear at the top of the evolutionary ladder to reap the benefits of those millions of years of evolution without having to live through it.

    In other words, you were those other animals. Someone had to be them.

    You had to be lower animals to be a human now. You lived as all the different animals in your evolutionary line. You lived through millions of years, and millions of lives and deaths to get to where you are now. That's what Darwin's book means.

    In addition to the fossil evidence, the genetic code proves that all animals, including us, evolved from bacteria over the last 700 million years on earth.

    In other words, you were a microbe, an insect, a fish, a dinosaur, an ape...

    When all of the evidence (100%) says something happened, and there is no evidence (zero) that anything else could have happened, it is the truth beyond a reasonable doubt to honest, rational people.

    We have come a very, very long way, but we have a little further to go. The next and last step in our evolution is learning and accepting the truth of life, and this includes acknowledging our true past.

    The truth will free us from the animal world we all evolved from.

    1
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    Immortality: "It is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious."

    It is not possible to be aware of being unconscious from your own perspective. You cannot be aware of not being aware. You can be less aware/conscious, such as when you are asleep, but not completely unconscious (dead), because time would stand still for you. A billion years could pass, and you would not know it.

    How do you know you are dead? It is not possible to be aware of any gaps in life; it is continuous and never-ending from your own point of view.

    Death and birth are a continuous event from your own perspective.


    You will die physically, but you will be born into a new physical body. Being born happens, or you would not be here now. You were born into this life. It is what we know happens. There is no evidence anything else happens. True or false?

    The "you only live once" theory: Many people say that they do not believe in reincarnation; they believe when you die, you're dead. What about fish, clams, horses, bears, flies? People that say you only live once are saying some souls get to live just one life as a worm, and that is it for all of eternity.

    Other people believe you are judged by a god after you die. Is the worm judged?

    Many people think human beings are the only animal that is conscious. Is a dog or cat conscious? Where do you draw the line? Is a bird conscious? The truth is, all animal life is conscious and alive just like us.1 The only thing that makes humans different from other animals is that we have a mind that can think and reason at a high enough level to know the truth of life, and those that know rise above animals.

    It is time to see and accept the truth the evidence supports.

    You are immortal; it is impossible to not be, because it is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious. Just that one sentence proves it. It is like these sentences: It is impossible for it to be light and dark at the same time, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. They are simple, but certain facts. The sentence "It is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious" is a simple and certain fact.

    Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Albert Einstein

    Like energy, consciousness cannot be created or destroyed.


    This revelation will change your life. Now you know where you come from and what you have been doing for about half a billion years (evolving). The next question is how does life work and what is next, and we can know that too.

    People are trying to understand the universe independent of consciousness, and it is the most important factor in the equation.

    The universe as it relates to conscious life can be understood now. It is the ultimate truth; the truth that will transform mankind and the world.

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    "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." FAB = -FBA

    People do not realize what Isaac Newton's third law of motion really means.

    Everything is balanced.
    Everything physical (matter/energy) goes back and forth in balanced circles, cycles, or the equivalent. Birth-death, old-young, big-small, strong-weak, start-stop, up-down, rich-poor, beginning-end, fast-slow, hot-cold, pain-pleasure, win-lose, day-night, full-empty, high-low, in-out, success-failure, united-divided, give-receive, creation-destruction, on-off, positive-negative, etc.

    Positive and negative forces moving in balance are the physical universe.

    There are no exceptions to the laws of nature Newton revealed. They apply to all matter and energy. Human beings are matter and energy, thus you and all humans are governed by the same laws.

    Luck: Good luck and bad luck are the balance in action and the way the balance most affects our lives. Luck is manifested on many levels. There is the day-to-day luck, from little things like getting a good parking space or a bad one, to big things, such as winning the lottery or finding out you have cancer. Then there is the long-term luck. You are lucky if you are born with good looks, money, health, talent and intelligence. You are unlucky if you are born unattractive, poor, sickly and without talent or intelligence. Most people are in between the extremes, but it does not matter, because we are immortal, and it will all balance out. Luck will move back and forth; everyone will get equal amounts of good and bad luck.

    What goes around comes around. Everyone gets their turn.

    Death is the great equalizer: If you are born with advantages, you can have more good times than bad times in your life, but when you die, you are reborn with disadvantages, and have more bad times than good times and vice versa. In the long run, no one has it better or worse than anyone else does, because life will always balance eventually. It is the known nature of the universe we live in.

    If you flip a coin a thousand times, it will come up heads about half the time and tails about half the time. The odds of random events are predictable; this is why Las Vegas always makes a profit on gambling year after year. You can see the truth if you look at the big picture. You will see that random events are predictable because they balance. It's a fundamental truth of life everyone knows, but ignores.

    This is why on the Fourth of July, about 162 people will be killed in auto accidents, and every fourth, about the same amount are killed. An average of twelve auto accidents happen every minute; about six-thousand teenagers are killed in auto accidents every year in the US. About four million people are bitten by dogs.

    Why is the number about the same every year?

    Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust; we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance. Albert Einstein

    Destiny: Not being in control does not mean our future is predestined. No one knows the future; the future cannot be known. Anything can happen. The only thing we can be certain of is that it will be balanced.

    The good news is, all of the best things are going to happen to you; the bad news is, so will all of the worst things, if you do not learn the truth.

    Consequences: People may think, if everything is balanced, then it does not matter what you do. That is true, if you want to continue living in the savage animal realm. If you want to evolve past the animal realm, to a realm where there is no fear, pain or death, you have to learn and spread the truth of life. You have to live as a spiritual being. If you live like an animal, you will continue to be one.

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    There's actually 101 pages.  Want to read more??? study  

    http://www.truthcontest.com/entries/the-present-universal-truth/

    Note: there is also 'The Present: with religion' version.

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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Swanny on Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:23 am

    Pris wrote:
    Swanny wrote:What a terrible voice she has Bored

    Huh... you think so?  Seems okay to me.  What did you think of the message?  I rather liked it...  
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    Yea she sounds terrible, really whinney. I tried listening to her message but couldn't stand the sound of her voice Very Happy
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    Post  Pris on Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:25 pm

    Swanny wrote:
    Pris wrote:
    Swanny wrote:What a terrible voice she has Bored

    Huh... you think so?  Seems okay to me.  What did you think of the message?  I rather liked it...  
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    Yea she sounds terrible, really whinney. I tried listening to her message but couldn't stand the sound of her voice Very Happy

    Well, shite, eh? lol!
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Carol on Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:42 pm

    bobhardee wrote:4/29/2016  This is one of my favorite Ted Talks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU

    This is mine as well Bob. Start at the 10 minute mark Swanny.. that might help.


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    Post  Swanny on Sun May 01, 2016 4:38 am

    Ok I'll give it another go. My ears are a bit blocked at the moment so that might help albino
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    Post  Swanny on Sun May 01, 2016 5:12 am

    I have seen this before
    Very good :)
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    Post  mudra on Sun May 01, 2016 6:02 am

    Pris wrote:


    I noticed all the likes this comment had so I thought I'd check out this 'TruthContest' and found something that definitely caught my attention.

    Here's the first three pages:
    [/size]

    The Ultimate Truth in 3 pages.

    The Present
    by Michael Smith



    A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.
    Albert Einstein


    Truth you can check: It is as matter of fact as the ground and as useful as food. It's the kind of truth that can make hate and war as unnecessary as ignorance.

    Charles Darwin revealed how evolution works, but not what it really means.

    Evolution is no longer just a theory; it has been proven true beyond a reasonable doubt. The problem is, even people who believe evolution is true disassociate themselves from the process. They somehow skipped all the lower forms of animal life and just started out at the top of the evolutionary ladder.

    The evidence says we evolved as life evolved.

    Human beings did not just appear at the top of the evolutionary ladder to reap the benefits of those millions of years of evolution without having to live through it.

    In other words, you were those other animals. Someone had to be them.

    You had to be lower animals to be a human now. You lived as all the different animals in your evolutionary line. You lived through millions of years, and millions of lives and deaths to get to where you are now. That's what Darwin's book means.

    In addition to the fossil evidence, the genetic code proves that all animals, including us, evolved from bacteria over the last 700 million years on earth.

    In other words, you were a microbe, an insect, a fish, a dinosaur, an ape...

    When all of the evidence (100%) says something happened, and there is no evidence (zero) that anything else could have happened, it is the truth beyond a reasonable doubt to honest, rational people.

    We have come a very, very long way, but we have a little further to go. The next and last step in our evolution is learning and accepting the truth of life, and this includes acknowledging our true past.

    The truth will free us from the animal world we all evolved from.

    1
    ______________________________________________

    Immortality: "It is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious."

    It is not possible to be aware of being unconscious from your own perspective. You cannot be aware of not being aware. You can be less aware/conscious, such as when you are asleep, but not completely unconscious (dead), because time would stand still for you. A billion years could pass, and you would not know it.

    How do you know you are dead? It is not possible to be aware of any gaps in life; it is continuous and never-ending from your own point of view.

    Death and birth are a continuous event from your own perspective.


    You will die physically, but you will be born into a new physical body. Being born happens, or you would not be here now. You were born into this life. It is what we know happens. There is no evidence anything else happens. True or false?

    The "you only live once" theory: Many people say that they do not believe in reincarnation; they believe when you die, you're dead. What about fish, clams, horses, bears, flies? People that say you only live once are saying some souls get to live just one life as a worm, and that is it for all of eternity.

    Other people believe you are judged by a god after you die. Is the worm judged?

    Many people think human beings are the only animal that is conscious. Is a dog or cat conscious? Where do you draw the line? Is a bird conscious? The truth is, all animal life is conscious and alive just like us.1 The only thing that makes humans different from other animals is that we have a mind that can think and reason at a high enough level to know the truth of life, and those that know rise above animals.

    It is time to see and accept the truth the evidence supports.

    You are immortal; it is impossible to not be, because it is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious. Just that one sentence proves it. It is like these sentences: It is impossible for it to be light and dark at the same time, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. They are simple, but certain facts. The sentence "It is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious" is a simple and certain fact.

    Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Albert Einstein

    Like energy, consciousness cannot be created or destroyed.


    This revelation will change your life. Now you know where you come from and what you have been doing for about half a billion years (evolving). The next question is how does life work and what is next, and we can know that too.

    People are trying to understand the universe independent of consciousness, and it is the most important factor in the equation.

    The universe as it relates to conscious life can be understood now. It is the ultimate truth; the truth that will transform mankind and the world.

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    "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." FAB = -FBA

    People do not realize what Isaac Newton's third law of motion really means.

    Everything is balanced.
    Everything physical (matter/energy) goes back and forth in balanced circles, cycles, or the equivalent. Birth-death, old-young, big-small, strong-weak, start-stop, up-down, rich-poor, beginning-end, fast-slow, hot-cold, pain-pleasure, win-lose, day-night, full-empty, high-low, in-out, success-failure, united-divided, give-receive, creation-destruction, on-off, positive-negative, etc.

    Positive and negative forces moving in balance are the physical universe.

    There are no exceptions to the laws of nature Newton revealed. They apply to all matter and energy. Human beings are matter and energy, thus you and all humans are governed by the same laws.

    Luck: Good luck and bad luck are the balance in action and the way the balance most affects our lives. Luck is manifested on many levels. There is the day-to-day luck, from little things like getting a good parking space or a bad one, to big things, such as winning the lottery or finding out you have cancer. Then there is the long-term luck. You are lucky if you are born with good looks, money, health, talent and intelligence. You are unlucky if you are born unattractive, poor, sickly and without talent or intelligence. Most people are in between the extremes, but it does not matter, because we are immortal, and it will all balance out. Luck will move back and forth; everyone will get equal amounts of good and bad luck.

    What goes around comes around. Everyone gets their turn.

    Death is the great equalizer: If you are born with advantages, you can have more good times than bad times in your life, but when you die, you are reborn with disadvantages, and have more bad times than good times and vice versa. In the long run, no one has it better or worse than anyone else does, because life will always balance eventually. It is the known nature of the universe we live in.

    If you flip a coin a thousand times, it will come up heads about half the time and tails about half the time. The odds of random events are predictable; this is why Las Vegas always makes a profit on gambling year after year. You can see the truth if you look at the big picture. You will see that random events are predictable because they balance. It's a fundamental truth of life everyone knows, but ignores.

    This is why on the Fourth of July, about 162 people will be killed in auto accidents, and every fourth, about the same amount are killed. An average of twelve auto accidents happen every minute; about six-thousand teenagers are killed in auto accidents every year in the US. About four million people are bitten by dogs.

    Why is the number about the same every year?

    Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust; we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance. Albert Einstein

    Destiny: Not being in control does not mean our future is predestined. No one knows the future; the future cannot be known. Anything can happen. The only thing we can be certain of is that it will be balanced.

    The good news is, all of the best things are going to happen to you; the bad news is, so will all of the worst things, if you do not learn the truth.

    Consequences: People may think, if everything is balanced, then it does not matter what you do. That is true, if you want to continue living in the savage animal realm. If you want to evolve past the animal realm, to a realm where there is no fear, pain or death, you have to learn and spread the truth of life. You have to live as a spiritual being. If you live like an animal, you will continue to be one.

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    There's actually 101 pages.  Want to read more??? study  

    http://www.truthcontest.com/entries/the-present-universal-truth/

    Note: there is also 'The Present: with religion' version.

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    Yes Pris the whole thing is well worth reading. I made a post about it a long time ago in the chalice of wisdom thread. Glad you stumbled upon this site Pris and brought it to light here :)

    http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t8350-the-chalice-of-wisdom#106207

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    Post  mudra on Sun May 01, 2016 6:07 am

    Swanny wrote:I have seen this before
    Very good :)

    Me too way back in Old PA .These inspiring videos are timeless and priceless cheers

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    Post  Pris on Mon May 02, 2016 2:52 am

    mudra wrote:
    Swanny wrote:I have seen this before
    Very good :)

    Me too way back in Old PA .These inspiring videos are timeless and priceless cheers

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    It's familiar to me, too.  When it comes to this sort of thing, I'm fond of repetition.  It has more meaning/clarity for me this time around... particularly because of the OBEs I've had since then.
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    Post  Pris on Mon May 02, 2016 2:58 am

    mudra wrote:Yes Pris the whole thing is well worth reading. I made a post about it a long time ago in the chalice of wisdom thread. Glad you stumbled upon this site Pris and brought it to light here :)

    http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t8350-the-chalice-of-wisdom#106207

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    Seems like I'm a little late for the party! Big Grin 2 I'm in the middle of reading it at the moment.  So far I'm surprisingly in agreement with most of it. Cool
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    Post  Pris on Mon May 02, 2016 3:04 am

    Carol wrote:

    Niiice Carol!  Weird... this image didn't show up for me for a whole day and now it's showing up!  All I saw was an empty post...  Glitchy cyberspace... Luke Very Happy
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    Pris wrote:All I saw was an empty post...  Glitchy cyberspace... Luke Very Happy


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    Own your face | Robert Hoge | TEDxSouthBank



    Father, author of the book 'Ugly' and political advisor Robert Hoge explores why we all need to own our own faces. Sharing his own personal story, Robert examines, life, love, beauty, imperfection and pain in this powerful TEDxTalk.

    Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. He is married and lives in Brisbane with an eleven-year-old daughter who thinks his Olympic torch would make a really great cricket bat.

    I also have ideas for what could be done with an Olympic torch, but I think it's best if I keep those thoughts to myself. Insanely Happy
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    How to become more confident -- lay down on the street for 30sec | Till H. Groß | TEDxDonauinsel


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    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Till talks about how he overcame many of his own fears and how everybody can step out of their comfort zone. It all started with Till lying down on the floor in a public place. And it resulted into a world wide movement called "Comfort Zone Crusher". Till explains his psychological concept of comfort zone crushing and how it helps so many people to tackle their fears.

    Till H. Groß … wildly crushes comfort zones.

    As soon as Till finished high-school he took his education in his own hands. After reading the whole psychology section of the small town library in his city, he set out to personally meet the authors of the books that thrilled him. In 2011 he started to consciously seek out the best psychologists, therapists and coaches all over Europe in order to learn from them. Having the best teachers possible enabled him to give talks throughout Germany at the age of 19, hold a guest lecture at the University of Vienna at age 20 and conduct his own seminars, found a startup and work as a coach at the age of 21. Now he’s helping hundreds of people all over the world to tackle their fears and step out of their comfort zone.



    If you're going to try it, just don't lay down where there's any vehicle traffic... for obvious reasons!



    I started out quite introverted, but I wanted to get into acting so I had to go to auditions.  That really helped me tackle my fears and boost my confidence.  Acting out intense emotional monologues, reading for parts/roles, singing (when you can't really sing lol) -- all in front of total strangers...  And, all the rejection -- that TORE me out of my 'comfort zone'.

    Later on, I also took a stand-up comedy course lol.  By the end of it, I actually got up the nerve to perform a few times in places like Yuk Yuks.  I wasn't very good, but that's not the point. Very Happy

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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Pris on Sat May 07, 2016 12:28 am

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    .....I found this comment on the video:

    daniel overwater:

    When people do not know the full Truth, it means they have never experienced life fully, or they would know the Truth. How can someone be enlightened and not know the truth? Knowing the truth would have to come with enlightenment, or you would not be enlightened. For the 1st time in history the Truth of Life is unveiled. Google TruthContest read the Present, it explains in the most accurate but understandable way the big picture of life. It is the key to enlightment because it will change your mind, it overcomes the badstates of your controlling mind. Changing your mind according to the Truth is the real key to fulfillment.


    I noticed all the likes this comment had so I thought I'd check out this 'TruthContest' and found something that definitely caught my attention.


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    mudra wrote:Yes Pris the whole thing is well worth reading. I made a post about it a long time ago in the chalice of wisdom thread. Glad you stumbled upon this site Pris and brought it to light here :)

    http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t8350-the-chalice-of-wisdom#106207

    Love from me
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    Well, mudra... I've gotten about halfway through reading it.  Yes, there's some really interesting points (and many I, naturally, don't agree with)... however, sadly, it's smelling like a scam/cult.  The further I go, the feeling that 'something's not right' keeps getting stronger.  Now, I'm doubtful I'll read any more (trying to glean something good out of it) as it seems to be loaded with brainwashing techniques (see below).  For example, I was aware of a 'fear tactic' being used from the beginning which never sat right with me.  It's almost like those 'chain letters'... "Send this to ten of your friends immediately or bad things will happen to you!"

    There are supposed to be comments, but glancing over them, they all seemed to be biased -- in favour -- completely in favour -- of 'The Present'.  That can't be possible (I'm my own proof of that).  I didn't want that to 'colour' my initial thoughts though, and I avoided looking at critiques until now.  I had to look elsewhere for more 'rounded' opinions.  

    Below is part of a post I found that sums up my thoughts on this book, 'The Present', quite well.  I figure, why waste my time trying to explain myself when someone else basically did all the work (and then some!) for me.

    I will say that I was starting to get the feeling like I was reading material from the Jehovah's Witnesses (LOL), and I became very suspicious when I started reading the part on technology and what sounded like propaganda for a 'new age' version of transhumanism.  Yikes!

    Btw, I'm wondering if anyone else CAN make changes/improvements to 'The Present'... or is it like trying to make changes on Wikipedia? Suspect Oooyeah 1

    Is this just another psyop?  Sigh.




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    A good name to describe The Present online book is this: New-Age Oriental Mystico-Existentialism (NAOME) (Taken from another source, not my label!)

    The overall site and theme, with The Present being the forefront, just reeks of cult like brainwashing and even a semi-scam. There are many red flags that I have observed when going through the site and book, one being that there is a statement that "this book or message may be removed by the government" or something along those lines. Very old trick, infomercials do it all the time and its a suggestion plant that what you are reading is super special and dangerous to the official quo, and should cherish it and spread it quick. There is another version of the same book with "religion" added on the site for those who are religious? Doesn't make sense, I thought the book was to distance itself from it, not combine itself! And I spent just 40 mins looking through that version at random spots near the beginning and all it does is take Bible verses from random parts of the New Testament gospels and uses quotes from Jesus in ways that reflect this New Age perspective. Almost all of it is taken out of context as admitted, some literally which we all know can make the Bible fit into any view imaginable. He shrugs off other religions too saying that because America and the west (controllers of this planet) has their main base in Christianity, that's what will be focused on. Pretty stupid. All this is is a method to get as many people into this way of thinking by using scriptures and quotes. Some more cult like signs is the message at the end of the book to email this Micheal guy for "further steps", my BS meter went through the roof both by the 5th section and that. If that online book is all I need, then why do I need further steps? Someone else online wanted to see what it was and found a Peter Popoff like scam wanting lots of money like 10% or $100 a month! Its all for "spreading the truth" Rolling Eyes . This is a part from the long message you get when you email that address:


    The books are the start of a long path.

    Whatever you gained from the book will disappear if you do not take the next step. In fact, you will be in a much worse position than if you had never read The Present.

    Reading the book is just the first step.

    The next step is for you to become a prophet.


    The part about you will be in a much worse position than if you had never read The Present, that is a weak mind-trick intended to scare people into continuing to go forward into the cult/scam (reminds me of Proverbs 26:11). 2nd sentence also adds to the urgency (scam technique). A prophet? What a gag, this trash is enough to discredit everything in The Present alone, so its interesting to see The Truth Contest (not even a contest) have 25,000 facebook followers...scary stuff.

    Some links to questions and criticisms of The Truth Contest Elsewhere:

    http://antispirituality.net/truth-contest-questions
    http://antispirituality.net/truthcontest.htm

    There are some common themes to other New Age/Eastern Philosophy audio studies and books that The Present also has within:

    - States to read the material (the book itself) over and over
    - Uses quotes from famous thinkers like Einstein
    - Focuses on teaching it to "learn more"
    - Encourages and recommends you read further material either from the same author, or subject after repeatedly stating that everything you are currently reading is all you need (lol)

    When I was looking for comments and user opinion's about entries on the site, you see this massive list of quotes on one page that would take 6 hours to read and I noticed every single one was praising The Present for being amazing and "life-changing"...this was another giveaway that the website is just a front for The Present and nothing more. No negative opinions either, obviously screened and censored. As for the other entries, there are some other article texts and stuff in a hard to find part of the site (that's on purpose) but really isn't anything that contradicts The Present. The part about people voting on what is the current universal truth? There isn't anything of the sort, its the webmaster who decides and only The Present is actually there which leads me to believe the webmaster is the author of that book and there is no real contest, just a giant ad for this cult.

    For the entire comment (and some great replies):
    http://www.psu.com/forums/showthread.php/331698-The-Truth-Contest-%28Online-Cult%29




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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  bobhardee on Tue May 10, 2016 10:17 am

    5/10/2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrtANPtnhyg&list=PL70DEC2B0568B5469&index=3
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Pris on Tue May 10, 2016 8:29 pm

    bobhardee wrote:5/10/2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrtANPtnhyg&list=PL70DEC2B0568B5469&index=3

    Before I give my two cents, are you willing to give yours, Bob? Wink
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  bobhardee on Tue May 10, 2016 9:18 pm

    5/10/2016
    Okay.....so maybe it's not the best of Ted Talks  but I liked it.  It had a real cool title. The Sixth Sense Technology.  He is showing what everybody is going to be able to do with a computer in 5 years or less.
    I wanted to make a contribution to this thread and at the time it seemed to fit. Sometimes I get so caught up in following a new video on one of my pet projects that I don't always take the time to read or watch everything else that gets posted. I do read most or review a lot of stuff but not everything. You were nice enough to comment on a post that not many people review. .... I like Ted Talks and I think this is a great idea for a thread. Keep it up. There are so many Ted Talks to pick from that finding the right one is not easy. I picked this one because of the title. You guys were making Star Wars comments and the title seemed "star wars" like. If they ever do a best of Ted Talks, I doubt this one makes that cut. It was alright.
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    Re: TEDx Talks

    Post  Pris on Wed May 11, 2016 4:20 am

    bobhardee wrote:5/10/2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrtANPtnhyg&list=PL70DEC2B0568B5469&index=3

    bobhardee wrote:5/10/2016
    Okay.....so maybe it's not the best of Ted Talks  but I liked it.  It had a real cool title. The Sixth Sense Technology.  He is showing what everybody is going to be able to do with a computer in 5 years or less.
    I wanted to make a contribution to this thread and at the time it seemed to fit. Sometimes I get so caught up in following a new video on one of my pet projects that I don't always take the time to read or watch everything else that gets posted.  I do read most or review a lot of stuff but not everything. You were nice enough to comment on a post that not many people review. ....   I like Ted Talks and I think this is a great idea for a thread.  Keep it up.  There are so many Ted Talks to pick from that finding the right one is not easy. I picked this one because of the title.  You guys were making Star Wars comments and the title seemed "star wars" like. If they ever do a best of Ted Talks, I doubt this one makes that cut. It was alright.
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    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Bob! I love you  I want you to know that I greatly appreciate your contributions to The Mists in general and right now to this thread!  I'm happy you like this thread and please do continue to share whatever interests you.

    Please note that what I'm about to say about the video is nothing personal.  I must say, it really got me thinking.  It's my suspicious mind at work...

    Btw, the video was put up in 2009 and I don't think the technology is 'out there' yet.

    Anyway, about the video.  The first thing that stood out for me was an all-too-familiar bird icon at the beginning for 'Barclays Wealth'.  So I checked it out.  The video is 'sponsored' by Barclays Wealth that just so happens to be an investment bank -- a 'wealth manager' providing private banking that operates in 50 countries.  Oookay...

    Who are the special interest groups behind this video?  What is their agenda?

    Pranav Mistry came out of MIT... isn't that where all the 'great minds' go so that they are in the right place to be scrutinized (by the not-so-scrupulous) and made 'ripe' for the plucking?  Very Happy  

    There was mention made of making the technology 'open-source'.  I looked that up and found that as 'nice' as it sounds to have free technology/software availability for the masses, hardware is often incompatible to open-source so you still rely on third-party drivers.  Those with a hidden agenda could then still be calling the shots and 'steering' the development of said technology.

    This play on the technology being called 'SixthSense'.  Cute, but who are they trying to kid?  To me, all that so-called intuitive technology comes across more mind-entrapping than anything.  My 'sixth sense' tells me to run screaming for the hills.  I'm baffled with the idea that, according to Pranav, the technology is supposed to help us stay more human (what is his definition of 'human' with regard to freedom/choice/individual sovereignty?  Read on...).

    Is this possibly a step towards transhumanism by pretending to be something... innocuous?

    If that technology does come out, do you think they'll let people use it anonymously? Very Happy Yeah, right.

    Why am I reminded of the movie, 'Minority Report'...

    It's not that the technology is necessarily bad in and of itself: it's the misuse of it with regard to the special interest groups that, well, currently run the world that I'm concerned about.  

    'Smart' technologies... Smart phones, appliances, etc...  are meant to connect/communicate their information/data/personal data with the internet, the Internet of Things, Smart Meters, the Smart Grid... regardless of whether or not people/consumers are aware of it.  It's also happening regardless of growing protests against privacy invasion (coupled with aggressive, coercive, and even mandatory Smart Meter installation in many parts of the world).

    You might remember this one from last year.  Samsung -- the maker of the Internet-connected Smart TV that caused outrage when it was discovered its default was set to listen in on conversations.  Here's a snippet from Samsung's Smart TV privacy policy: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”

    It just so happens that Pranav Mistry was the Director of Research at Samsung back in 2012 and is currently their Global Vice President of Research and the head of Think Tank Team.

    Doesn't that kind of make you want to go, 'Hmmmm....'?  scratch


    I don't usually take the time to share all my theories and observations (I hope I'm not stating too much of the obvious here  Musical), but I just couldn't help myself!  You really got my interest up with this one, Bob! Luke Hypnotize Crazy Happy

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