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Health, population and the human mind: Marvin Minsky on TED.com

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Listen closely — Marvin Minsky‘s arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, California. Duration: 13:33.)

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Comments (3)

  • alexandru stan commented on Dec 20 2009

    @truby and elenie: although there might be some truth in the “handshake hypothesis”, I believe he is rather belittling that research (mainly challenging their experimental method, and lack of crosscorelation of the subject’s overall social activities and their health status, aka if the guys with less handshakes were actually spending most time in a sterile environment in front of their computers). The talk, except for the end, was meant to simply be funny and argue that maybe we should step back and look at problems from a different angle, reflecting on whether we are solving the right problems actually (after all we just observe symptoms, and thus we can never be completely sure we know the right cause).

    yeah… great talk

  • Elenie Hernandez commented on Oct 2 2008

    Very informative and its funny thinking those alternatives to solve problems against health and overpopulation. He has a point there and based on the technology and on the future ahead I don’t think it is impossible though.

    I agree with the handshakes that is one way of causing disease. The hands is one of the main source were we got infected due to germs and anything that develops it.

  • Truby Johnson commented on Sep 29 2008

    Very informative concepts. Especially about the hand shakes. I never thought of those before.