Is the universe a product of thermodynamic evolution? – Todd Hylton at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Todd Hylton suggests that the de facto assumption in most of the current scientific enterprise is that the organization of the universe is driven by a poorly understood or complex chain of causality that explains how everything works, and that the role of the scientist is to “get to the bottom of it”.

He begins his talk by questioning that no one can say with certainty how the universe came to be, but what if the answer was a non-mechanistic, anti-supernatural, evolutionary world view of how things came to exist? What if the big bang was simply an expression of pure potential leading to the creation, evolution, and existence of everything in the universe?

Could our existence be a product of thermodynamic evolution, he asks, and if so, can we someday build thermodynamic computers that evolve in the world on their own?

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Diversity and inclusion empowers community centered design – Bennett Peji at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Bennett successfully makes the case that everyone should play a role in the success of their city, as well as their local neighborhood, which means that development of those communities requires residents to be at the table when important decisions are being made.

This approach to community centered design requires all voices welcome and encouraged. With this progressive philosophy, new and diverse solutions can be discovered, and local residents can be empowered to take control of their future.

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Big Picture Learning is learning for the real world – Sara Leonard at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Sara Leonard is focused on Big Picture Learning and giving our youth a choice in education.

It’s time to rethink the educational platform on a wider scale and invite our communities to be an extension of the classroom outside of school. Big Picture model schools make learning more personal, meaningful, and provides kids a greater purpose, as they prepare for their future.

Learning and becoming real-world ready means that kids need to experiment beyond the classroom in order to have a well-rounded educational curriculum. Exploring their interests and being coached by professionals is a powerful and critical part of discovering their talents, skills, and appropriate choice for their professional life.

Early in her career, Sara made a personal commitment to be a change agent for students. Her experiences in the private sector, as a parent, and in all of her roles in schools gave her insights and a desire to help shape the future of educational practice.

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