TED Talks are all about spreading ideas. Started in 1984 as a conference where the best of technology, entertainment, and design, that mentality has continued to now. Today, TED talks sail into a variety of different topics and are seen by millions of people daily. Sometimes, though, those talks delve outward into dangerously unreliable waters.
Reddit user, u/Thedarknight1611, wanted to know about which TED talks to steer clear from when they asked:
What's the most BS Ted talk you've ever seen?
When Cancer Isn't Cancer
She talked about how she was dying from stage 4 lymphoma, and had fluid in her lungs and tumors the size of lemons all over her body and was living out her last moments...
She then said that she saw heaven and saw "why I got cancer" and "how to cure it" so when she woke up, she said her tumors had shrunk 70% in four days, and by the time she left the hospital a week later, she was completely cancer free.
There was a doctor that treated her that later came out and said that she was refusing chemotherapy for a year and a half, and once she started chemo she began making her full recovery.
Edit: According to Wikipedia, it was someone that got access to her medical files with her permission and came out and talked about it.
Mind Over Matter...Badly.
Not sure who it was, but in one there was a girl who said how her violin teacher said it'd be impossible for her to play a piece, and she went on to learn it in a week out of defiance.
She then plays it for the audience.
Almost every note is botched, and I can't help but agree with the teacher. The comment section has the same mindset.
Not Able To Predict The Future
Elizabeth Holmes giving a TedMed about Theranos.
Even before finding out all the data was fabricated, none of the talk really went anywhere, just claiming how they were going to recolutionize [sic] healthcare. She also has a really weird and patronizing style of talking and the whole Steve Jobs turtleneck thing.
this woman [sic] talking about how technology was causing kids to respect their parents less
Translation: Kids can Google whatever bullsh-t their parents say and prove them wrong. Therefore it's "disrespect".
A Serious Problem In Our Society
...if a girl is saying no to sexual advances it actually means "not yet" (can't seem to find it but had a woman speaker)
I think you're referring to this one. The grinding at the beginning really sets the sh-tty tone of this cringefest.
Leaving Important Details Out
A lot of Ted talks are on subjects which are a matter of opinion, (behaviour, motivation etc) and can't be proven right or wrong
However there was a TED talk (not TEDeX) about how a lawyer was working with someone on death row. He gave a compelling speech about how his clients past was awful, that he'd been abandoned by his parents and lived on his own at the age of 14. He fell into a gang and committed his first murder, landing him on death row.
He spends 5-10 minutes talking about the appeal system and how it can be better in the American death row system. Stating that his client should have gotten more help than he got, and that youth education systems would prevent crimes like this happening
Anyway, it turns out his client didn't have a bad, parent-less, or gang ridden childhood. (He was raised by two loving parents in a semi-wealthy family)
Lied for 20 minutes straight about how his client had such a hard life. When actually his life (up until the murder) was the easiest life imaginable.
Science, I Guess?
There's one with a scientist who didn't know the Holographic Principal already exists and then explained it very badly.
It's a hypothesis that the universe is a projection of information on a 2D plane.
He give a rambling analogy about a computer, and trying to figure out how it works by using a microscope to look at the pixel elements on the screen, and that's how science works or something.
All The Determination In The World
One about education and "grit". Is was vague and unoriginal.
Because it's a scapegoat theory. "The reason our kids fail is because they don't try" is the essence of Angela Duckworth's talk. It's easy to say that the reason why a kid sucks at learning is because they are lazy, rather than the fact that they have real world difficulties, such as a learning disability, or they are distracted by environmental factors.
It's very easy for people who have had pretty easy lives to jump in on this theory. People without a learning disability don't know what it's like to really have a learning disability and assume "that if they just actually tried, they could overcome it" - the concepts are much more grey and complex than it seems, while it's being painted as a black and white issue.
Something Like This Definitely Needs Facts
i think the most bs, legit ted talk i've seen was that guy who talked about curing aging. he gave no specifics or anything he just made claims about how you could start with extending life span and eventually cure aging and that if you're 35 or under thanks to extending life spans you could be immortal too.
it was the most vacuous ted talk i'd ever seen. it was entirely devoid of any facts or useful information.
edit: found it https://www.ted.com/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging?language=en
This Is An Actual One. For Real. Seriously.
According to this guy we should descend stairs backwardsReddit