Wow, who knew David Deutsch was such a funny, engaging speaker?

Then there’s this:

It is a fact that tidying up is boring. There are so many interesting things to do in life that doing boring things is hardly ever top of my list of priorities. The question here is not whether tidiness is boring, but whether it is necessary, or useful. I think that there are no good practical reasons to be anywhere near as tidy as is conventional in our society. Tidiness is a thing which is foisted upon children, and it results in all sorts of unpleasant things for them like boredom and having their privacy invaded, and so they get nervous and uptight about their personal space, and sometimes this translates itself into hang-ups about tidiness which they then pass on to their children.

And his blog is/was frequently hilarious. Why hasn’t he been given a TV show? Probably because of stuff like this. And everything he says in the above video from about 15:30 onwards. Audience stops laughing.


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  1. Michael Says:

    Here is another talk by Deutsch at the most recent TED conference:

    By the way, I thought what he said after 15:30 sound very reasonable. And, I note, that people did laugh later when he said that the science of medicine doesn’t (and shouldn’t) focus on teaching people how to avoid “punches”, but rather, on how to treat a broken nose 🙂

  2. Nick Says:

    Thanks for the link, Michael.

    I think the adaptation (“problem fixing”) versus mitigation (“problem avoidance”) division is a false one. Any serious response will involve both. To use Deutsch’s example, nobody credible is suggesting we stop seeking cures and focus on prevention only.

    But emissions reduction isn’t merely an avoidance or precautionary measure. It’s a necessary part of fixing the problem of global warming.

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