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TED talks and American spiritual striving

Religion Dispatches has a great post up about the popularity of TED talks and the ways they hearken back to 19th century Lyceum lectures by luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson.

There’s the same sense that intellectual life should be popularized, and that cutting-edge ideas should be tested in front of a diverse audience through the medium of public speaking.

And there’s the pairing of identity with the consumption of big ideas. People didn’t go to the lyceum to learn facts about […]

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