Ideas Worth Listening To

Ideas Worth Listening To

How do you learn something that someone else spent a lifetime learning? You listen to them.


To date, I've seen over 500 TED Talks (just over 100 hours) ranging from topics such as Astrobiology to Yo-Yo's. The reason I have kept coming back to TED is in part due to their goal of promoting "Ideas Worth Spreading". The truth is, none of us have the time to devote our lifetimes to dozens of pursuits. Instead, we may likely choose one or two, perhaps even three for multipotentialites among us. That's where TED Talks fill a niche.

For all the topics that we want to learn about, but simply don't have the time to explore from the bottom up, TED Talks delivered by experts in a particular field can help you develop an organized mental folder for a new topic. Then, as I often enjoy doing, you can go out and learn more information for fun, adding it to your mental folder as you explore.

I was interested to understand the science behind TED Talks and came across 3 factors that make TED Talks the perfect way to learn information:

1. According to research compiled by 3M, the company behind Post-it-Notes, our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than audio. Pair that with the fact that presentations, videos, and infographics are the best three forms of learning, given that most of us are visual learners. The result is an aptitude for visual learning which TED Talks ( created by Chris Anderson more than 60 years ago) capitalize upon.

2. In the 1970's the U.S. Navy conducted a study to determine the average length of time a human would be engaged while listening to others speak, and they found the ideal length of time to be between 15 minutes and 20 minutes - the mode time between which all TED Talks fall.

3. You may have heard this one before, but stories are the most powerful way to activate the brain and facilitate memorization. A common theme throughout TED Talks is often the use of a personal story, thus making the topic stand out in our minds. One that stands out is Amy Cuddy's story about battling a debilitating brain injury to still become a powerful leader and educator.

Even if you don't spend 100 hours watching TED Talks as I have enjoyed, I encourage you to expand your range of thinking by drawing upon a few TED Talks that strike your attention. In the same way, that artwork transcends the artist, the Ideas Worth Spreading delivered by speakers are sure to inspire and may inspire a love for learning. For those of us who are natural learners, I have found no better way to fuel my thirst for knowledge.

The best way to learn is by listening to ideas worth listening to, and TED Talks provide just that.

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10 Reasons Buying A Fitbit Is The Best And Worst Thing That Will Happen To You

Do you even Fitbit?


We all have or know of someone who has joined the Fitbit craze. They are amazing, are they not? A watch, a step counter, a calorie counter, a sleep tracker and, in some models, a heart rate monitor. How awesome is that? They have definitely become a new "trend." I see people all over campus and the gyms wearing them.

After wearing mine nonstop for a couple months, I realized 10 reasons why it was the best and worst decision to purchase one.

1. I find it motivates me to take more steps each day.

It really is motivating. Kind of silly, though, that something as simple as a step counter can actually make you want to take more steps. It definitely inspires me to get up and get moving.

2. On days I do not meet the daily step goal, I feel like a lazy bum.

If I don't reach 10,000 steps, I feel like I've accomplished absolutely nothing. Sometimes, I'll look at the number of steps and seriously question if I ever even stepped out of bed that morning. How can I only have 3,000 steps in a day? Yep, sadly, it's happened to me.

3. When I'm just "so close" to the 10,000 steps, I find myself walking around aimlessly in circles just to reach the daily goal.

Yes, I will admit it, I have a problem. I see 9,000-something and then I become SpongeBob and Patrick.

4. When I do reach 10,000 or higher, I feel embarrassingly accomplished.

Did I run a marathon? Did I run for president? Did I win the lottery? Nope! I just hit 10,000 steps and I feel like I did all three (it's pathetic).

5. Having competitions with friends via the Fitbit app makes you want to do way better.

OK, I will confess... I have cheated. (Sorry, friends.) But when you're beating me by 10 steps, what do you expect!? I am competitive and the Fitbit app has only fed my competitiveness by either making me work out longer or cheat (only a little).

6. It makes you realize how good, or, in my case, how bad your sleep pattern really is.

It really is awesome how it can track your sleep, I won't deny that. But holy cow, until I bought one, I didn't realize how terribly I slept during the week and how lazy I am during the weekend. Seriously, four hours on weekdays and nine on the weekends—is that normal? Not sure, but at least my Fitbit can track it!

7. I find myself refusing to take it off, even when going out and looking cute.

It is pathetic, I know. But how could I take it off when I am potentially going to get thousands of steps going place to place? Why wear my cute watches or bracelets when I can wear my super cute Fitbit?!?

8. When I go a day without it, I find myself feeling empty.

How will I know how many steps I took? How will I win the competition? What if I hit 10,000 and I don't even know!?

9. It is the easiest way to check the time in class.

You can format it any way you want, but my favorite is so I can click it and it shows the date and time. I can simply click the side button, and there's the time. Sometimes, I find myself clicking it every. Single. Minute. Until class is over.

10. I cannot go anywhere without the charger.

It has become equally as important as my cell phone charger because if it dies, how will I know how many steps I took?

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Apple Proposed Emojis To Better Represent People With Disabilities And We’re All Here For It

It's about time.


In early 2018, Apple announced that it proposed emojis that featured people with disabilities. Although disability is all around us, the disabled community seems to be underrepresented in a multitude of things, including emojis used on iPhones and other mobile devices. In fact, according to an article on the Huffington Post, "people with disabilities make up the largest minority population". What is clearly long overdue, I think this is a great step in representing the disabled community more in our everyday lives.

In 2012, the newest Apple emojis featured a gay and lesbian couple, which was not featured when the emojis were first launched. This was a huge step for the LGBTQ+ community and was able to show extreme inclusivity when it can to emojis.

In 2015, Apple was able to increase the racial diversity within emojis by users being able to hold down a certain emoji and then choosing a specific skin tone that they wanted. This, of course, was a major step to represent inclusivity among society and those who used emojis in their everyday lives.

In 2018, Apple proposed new emojis that would better represent the disabled community. According to multiple sources, Apple is looking to add 13 additions that can represent the disabled community. The proposal includes a person in a wheelchair, an ear with a hearing aid, a service dog, a person with a cane, and a prosthetic leg and many more.

When CNN asked Apple about their proposed emojis, Apple exclaimed that it chose options that are "most inclusive towards people in these four main categories: blind and low vision, dear and hard or hearing, physical (motor) disabilities, and hidden disabilities".

I think this is an amazing thing, as all minorities are finally starting to get represented in our society. People with disabilities are all around us, and it is important that everyone starts to see how common disability is among society, and how steps like this can be used as a way to show inclusivity. Although these emojis should have already been made, this is a major step for society as a whole as we are able to become more aware of people around us.

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