John Lloyd at TED: All That Matters Is Invisible

by Socrates on July 30, 2010

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I thought I’d finish off this week’s blog posts with a little witty and relevant humor.

Singularitarians are sometimes blamed for being too materialistic and/or too rational with a “know-it-all” take on the universe. I hope that this hilariously smart video may help us look back at the cosmos from the funny side, the side where, as John Lloyd says, “all that matters is invisible” and where the best tool for our inquiry is what the zen Buddhists call an “empty mind.”

In this TED video, nature’s mysteries meet John Lloyd’s tack-sharp wit in a hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons. As comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of a long list of things that we cannot see with our naked eyes such as energy, gravity, consciousness, artificial intelligence (and artificial stupidity), the laws of physics, God (ignosticism), the human genome, time, the future, the past, atoms, electricity, galaxies, radio waves and, most of all, the ultimate point of life (or why are we here)…

John Lloyd’s Profile Bio at TED:

“John Lloyd seems to have known every brilliant and funny person in Britain, and his collaborations are legendary. He’s ben a fixture on the BBC for four decades, producing such classic comedies as Blackadder, Spitting Image, the BBC’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and lately QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, and now in its sixth season.

He’s also written a dozen funny books — including The Meaning of Liff, a collaboration with his friend Douglas Adams, which has been in print for 26 years.”

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