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The best of TED-Ed: How to rethink thinking

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The adage goes: You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which bring to life educational topics as varied as “insults by Shakespeare” and “pizza physics” with animation. As a holiday gift, the TED-Ed team picked their favorite talks of the year. Here, a second look at the lesson: Rethinking Thinking, from Trevor Maber. 

The TED-Ed team loves this video for a number of reasons. The animation is stunning and witty, and it really made us take a step back and think. Couldn’t everyone use a refresher course on how to react just a bit more slowly and thoughtfully? It’s a universally applicable lesson — perfect for the holidays!

Comments (4)

  • Sui Fai John Mak commented on Jan 2 2013

    There are certain assumptions that “we” make when perceiving and learning personally and with the world, that would affect how we think. These might be grounded on a scientific approach where we validated our hypothesis of an experiment and or assumptions about human’s beliefs. Here I had proposed an Assumptions Theory which explains the principles involved Would that explain why we all might have different perspectives and views, even though we are presented with the same “artifacts” and “facts” for discourse?
    What are the “logical” steps fo the ladder? Would we have assumed those steps to be based on experiments or intuition? May be there are universal principles in arriving to the conclusion, based on certain assumptions. What are the assumptions about re-thinking thinking here?
    John Mak

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  • Christian Kleineidam commented on Dec 25 2012

    The video is a big lie. The first step of the ladder doesn’t exist. The information we see is heavly dependent on our assumptions.

    We see in our minds eye objects that are at the corner of our eyes in color. Our eyes can’t perceive the color at the at the rand of our field of vision.
    The color we see depends on our assumptions about the color of the thing.