Nature’s mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen.

Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery.

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  • subhuman is anything that goes against our common nature. human as an adjective describes things close to our common nature. besides, what sense does it make to say ‘i think god doesn’t exist’? before you define the term ‘exist’? once i know your parameters, then i can spread the word and we can all start being dickheads, like you.

  • @clubsandwedge – so you’re saying it’s human nature to believe in some magical old man who created the universe in 6 days and then got mad that we ate a forbidden fruit because we wanted to be his equals so he kicked us out of paradise and made us mortal and then decided to wait thousands of years before he sent himself (as his own son) to gather 12 guys to spread the good news that resulted in his execution, then the zombie savior came back and then left to the skies, only to come back later?

  • not really. newton was… he was a bit mad/crazy, but he solved 6 of the most difficult scientific problems at the time/ i suggest you read about him a bit more. fascinating but kooky guy.

  • and what is common nature? we are born blank slates with the exception of the rooting reflex and other similar behaviors. the rest is culture, we are trained to believe what we do, to act as we do, none of it comes naturally or out of nothing. you’re fairly foolish about certain fundamental concepts.

    the Judeo-Christian concept of God is about as likely to exist as The Flying Spaghetti Monster or a magical Pink Unicorn. The only place they exist is in your mind. you’re ignorant and uneducated.

  • jesus fucking christ. i never said anything about the judeo-christian concept of god you ass so stop ranting.

    i give it up though about the common nature thing, what i was hinting at there was a sense of god rather than having an idea about god. we need to study language and neuroscience more rather than looking for a physical god. doing that is just persiflage of theology altogether. i’m not ignorant and uneducated, just incoherent.

  • well, when you start making unqualified generalizations that are largely insulting, don’t be surprised when someone bites back.

    you essentially made a statement that left some with the impression that to deny the existence of (a) god, or to deny some innate drive to believe in the concept of a higher power made one subhuman because it flew in the face of some intangible “common nature”.

    god is a concept that is taught. one is not born with it. it is not common nature, it is culture.

  • Anyone who likes this should read “World of Perception” by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It includes the same kind of themes.

  • @contemporarybeatnik
    None of the specifics need apply, but there does indeed seem to be an innate urge to attribute anything unexplainable (to the given person) in terms of 1 or more mysterious agents.

  • that’s because our brains are complex pattern recognition machines… and a bunch of ignorant people cooked up an explanation for the origin of the universe. that doesn’t mean belief in god is common nature. the desire for an explanation is. god is just a bad explanation.

  • @contemporarybeatnik
    Yep. The flaw comes in where people try to make the mysterious un-mysterious without any good basis.

  • @jursamaj – i don’t think one can “make the mysterious un-mysterious without any good basis.” mystery is just another word for ignorance, though we can appreciate the mystery we should not venerate it. making up an explanation for the universe (God did it) is not an acceptable answer that should not be taken on faith.

  • whats so funny about potatoes having 2 more chromosomes than humans? these people are just laughing at anything

  • it’s just curious… we often think of ourselves as one of the most complex organisms on earth, but what extra complexity on what scale is contained in the extra chromosomes in those potatoes?

  • Fucking sociopaths making fun of what little sense is left in the world. TED must keep some standards.

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