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In defence of the liberal arts: Judah Pollack at TEDxWhitehorse

In defence of the liberal arts: Judah Pollack at TEDxWhitehorse

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. He is engaging and his speech really made me listen to him and to love him as a speaker and as a person. He is really good in speeches and telling stories. His understanding of the world fascinates me, and when he talks about history, literature, neuroscience, and humanity, it just reminds me the connection and need of both the sciences and humanties or liberal arts in one's life. I love science, it really fascinates me. I love taxonomy, ideas about paleontology, and how our body works. Science is my favorite subject back then, but my mind changed in high school when I started to love drama, visual arts, culture, and history especially during those times when I am having troubles undergoing changes due to puberty and when I am becoming more aware of myself and of the world I live in. By studying the arts deeply into aesthetics and philosophy to psychology and perception, it ended in how our body works and how our brain and mind functions to see colors, to think about beauty, to perceive, to make sense. I am so glad that my country doesn't take the humanities and liberal arts out of our curriculum and it even expands these. Now, music and arts are not just taught as separate subjects in 4th Grade but starting at 1st Grade. Our education department also offers special program curricula in arts and sports as well as in journalism and writing. It also expanded in offering specializations for high school students in their senior high years to choose a career path preparation, and one of it is towards arts and design and the creative industries, one about general academic education or general liberal arts, one about sports science and athlete development, one about accounting and business, one about STEM, one about technical-vocation courses, and one about humanities and social sciences. Also, all degrees in college whether in arts, humanities, or sciences do all need to take general courses from varied fields like social science, philosophy, language arts, humanities/arts, mathematics, physical education, national service, and natural sciences. Our colleges and universities are also supportive to the liberal arts, fine arts, and humanities education, and ideas about society, culture, history, and politics are all seen as important in our daily lives. For me, all academic fields, professions, and technical skills are important to us, whether liberal arts or humanities or the sciences, as we gain more ideas, develop and make more technologies, as we increase our knowledge of our world and universe, as we interact each other in our societies and in our world as a whole, and as we stay and remain human beings who are social beings, have emotions, need of belonging, who think for one's own self and others, who belong to a culture, and who still have memories of past, awareness of present, and hope and desire for future.

  2. Great video! You should check out the The Art of Charm Podcast, episode where Judah Pollack was invited together with Olivia Fox Cabane, to speak about their new book: The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking. It is AWESOME!

  3. Well done. We do live in a world where individualization, self-promotion and concrete-thinking has become prioritized over self-actualization, the sharing of narratives and diversity of thought.

  4. mmmm…So many good nuggets. "God gave us reason so we could know him. Something is missing for us as humans. The question: what does it mean to be human? Truth is a roving army of metaphor. The default mode network and the recorded story of the FMRI mapping brain function. Neuro coupling…We are filling in the gaps and a map of the world. It is our narrative of the world that allows us to see it. We don't process it if it isn't in our narrative. We need to know each other's stories. What makes us human exists in the third dimension. Stories are not about separating us but about bringing us together."  WOW! 

  5. Dear Judah, a beautiful story shared with depth– the 3rd dimension as you say, the inclusion of life experience. It's not just a pretty story. I liked how you articulated the crossing of science and religion -both in search of answers/certainty. I also loved how you described your experience at Frolic – the all night dance party in the woods of Northern California – your dark wood til dawn! Yes, I've been to that place and time. Thank you!

  6. Hi Judah,
    I've seen you present and speak before at APTi and BAAPT but I never knew you were such a great writer and story teller. I like the message, that until you let people see your scars and your failures, they don't really know you. So many people only want to present that one dimensional "successful self" that you speak of. So we can never really know them. To not be known is truly sad.

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