Christian Long

Graham Hawkes: Flies Through the Ocean

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Reflection by HANNAH W.

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Graham Hawkes:  Flies Through the Ocean

In this TED talk, Graham Hawkes talks about his discovery of life underwater. He built a type of submarine called deep rovers that takes a person’s experience underwater to a whole new level. His experience has lead him to a statement that we as human beings should view the three dimension perspective more often.

Hawkes says that we take our “terrestrial hang-ups” that we have and take them underwater with us when we don’t understand it. Since we are humans, we were meant to live on land instead of the water. Our bodies cannot withstand pressures of the oceans.

However, I do agree that we spend a large amount of time observing things on land where we thrive instead of in the ocean. More species and aquatic life are waiting to be found but at times the opportunity or interest is not taken. We as humans are only used to two dimensional. We need to be able to be thoroughly familiar with all dimensions. If we spent too much interest in the observations of land, then the things that we really need will be missed out on. I believe that sickness like AIDS or cancer could be treated by something from the “aquatic world.” At least 90% of living organisms of the earth are aquatic. Since this is true, this means that more observations underwater should be done.

I admire Graham Hawkes and his contribution to the “aquatic world.” More people like him are needed to educate people about unknown life on the earth. His curiosity turned into his invention of the deep rover, which makes him a pioneer.

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