the persuasive power of humour

Most internet users are by now familiar with the TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. So some or even many of you may have seen Ken Robinson‘s Talk on how our current schooling system kills creativity. Why? It’s an interesting subject no doubt but who would have guessed on the basis of this topic that Mr. Robinson’s talk would be by far the most viewed of all? Have a look and judge for yourself

He’s so utterly funny that his talk it deeply persuasive. And cries out to be shared.

The argument is obviously nothing new. School as an instrument of discipline is a perspective that the Michel Foucault most famously introduced but also he had many predecessors. And yes, I do agree, it doesn’t need explanation why Ken manages to push buttons that remain untouched with all but a few when (trying to) making sense of someone like Foucault.

I would like to share a short lecture on a very similar topic by a philosopher who’s humour is way softer, it makes you smile, but it is giving a message that ultimately may be even more profound than schools-kill-creativity:

However, I find the answer “42” also very convincing

And very funny

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