Christian Long

Jay Walker: Library of Human Imaginations

In TED Talks on May 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Reflection by MARY M.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Jay Walker:  Library of Human Imaginations

Jay Walker starts by talking about space. About Sputnik and different items that have been to the moon and back. Including a Guttenburg Bible. Which then leads to the topic of books and the printing press. At first, there weren’t enough people who knew how to read to make the printing press worth while. Until the Catholic church started going bankrupt. That is when the printing of indulgences came along to earn money for the church. Indulgences were a way for people to pay to get rid of thier sins, so they wouldn’t have to go to hell.Indulgences soon became the equivalent of money. The printing press was driven mostly by the want to print indulgences rather than books.

Then, Walker’s talk switches over to a library that he built with his wife. The library itself is three stories tall. There are glass panels which show over 5,000 years of human imagination. The rooms change colors and some of the exhibits change. There is also a glass bridge that goes across the middle of the room. Walker goes on to talk about stimuli. That we create by surrounding ourselves by it. What do you surround yourself with?

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