TED WalksFriday October 25, 2019
10:00 AM until 11:30 AM
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Join us for a monthly TED talk viewing and discussion program! We'll watch a TED talk for 20 minutes, discuss for 20 minutes indoors, and then, weather permitting, take a 30 minute *optional* walk to continue the discussion! Come for all or some of this program. If you just want to walk, please contact Courtney (508-358-2311) and then join us about 10:40.
In October we'll watch Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong, a talk by Johann Hari.
What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
Johann Hari's first book, Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope, is being translated into 27 languages and has been praised by a broad range of people -- from Elton John (who said it "will change your life") to the British Journal of General Practice, who called it "one of the most important texts in recent years." His second book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film by Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels, and into a non-fiction documentary series.
Hari graduated from Cambridge University with the highest degree grade, a Double First, in social and political sciences. He grew up in London, with a Swiss father who was a bus driver and a Scottish mother who worked in a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Today, he lives half the year in London, and he spends the other half of the year traveling to research his books.
Hari has written over the past eight years for some of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Melbourne Age and Politico. He has also appeared on leading TV shows, including HBO's Realtime With Bill Maher. He was twice named "National Newspaper Journalist of the Year" by Amnesty International. He has also been named "Cultural Commentator of the Year" and "Environmental Commentator of the Year" at the Comment Awards, and "Gay Journalist of the Year" at the Stonewall Awards.
Location: Raytheon Room
to go to the Wayland Public Library