14 People Share What Their TED Talks Would Be About

Wow, this is a tough one…

I think if I had to deliver an impromptu lecture on something, it would either be about hockey or maybe about the history of horror movies.

But since I’m terrified of public speaking, I still think I’d have a hard time, even though I know both of those subjects pretty well.

If you got thrown out on a stage, what would your TED Talk be about?

AskReddit users spoke up.

1. Sounds interesting.

“I would explain how we live in a system that normalizes hard work ethic to the lower and middle class with stringent monochronic focus, low end wage values, and rigorously enforced penal systems focused for blue collar crimes while advocating the opposite for those in higher income classes.

We teach our children that working nonstop everyday is a sign of success. Thinking, discussing, researching, or any other human effort is useless if it doesnt result in a diploma, money, or se**. In essence, the lower end of the economic scale raise wage slaves.”

2. You already lost me.

“The fascinating physics of DNA molecules.

The structural properties of DNA have some neat consequences for biology.”

3. Wow!

“Hey! A hot dog is a taco not a sandwich.

Sandwich has starch on 2 sides, a taco has starch on 3 sides.

A hotdog bun covers 3 sides of a hotdog therefore a hotdog is a taco.”

4. Ramble on.

“Budgeting, flipping houses, long term investments, Jane Austen, travel.

It says more about my ability to ramble on, than any special qualification.”

5. You know what you’re talking about.

“How our society (US) treats d**th.

End of life care, physician assisted s**cide, and breaking the stigma of talking about d**th.

All from a paramedic with over a decade of service.”

6. Let’s hear it!

“Oh, I’m a nerd about a lot of stuff.

How BCI innovations are a game changer and how we will achieve cyberpunk cyborg enhancements sooner than later.

Why we need to start building large scale space habs now. What technical hurdles are still in the way, etc.

Why we need to go all in on carbon sequestration right now amd we need to work towards a path of carbon negative.”

7. Smarty-pants.

“I would explain how beer is brewed, focusing on the science behind it & how that dictates that flavor profile, alcohol content, etc.

I could also discuss, in detail how a high-bypass aircraft jet engine works. Specifically how an aircraft engine is assembled.”

8. A big fan.


If I only touched on one minute of each year of life I’ve spent with them I’d be over schedule.

Feathered a**holes hold a place in my heart.”

9. A horrible day.

“Why the Capitol Insurrection was so scary and so incredibly close to succeeding.

Literally all 45 had to do is go on the air during his 2 minute address and instead of saying “we love you but go home” he could have said “give your lives for the cause push thru the security and hang the cowards who would deny you your voice” and we’d be in a very different, absolutely terrible 2021.”

10. I’m ready for it.

“‘Hypothetical Mechanics of Time Travel Assuming the Existence of a Fifth Dimension, Henceforth Referred To As ‘Metatime’.’

…Roughly three percent of it will be in any way scientifically accurate, but I’m a writer, not a quantum physicist.”

11. Going green.

“How to be an environmentalist without the Jesus complex or screaming Teenagers or Al Gore.

Electric cars are the way of the future. But until they can out range, out rely, basically all out superiority themselves. We should hold off on forcing them on our society.

Bicyclist are bad for the environment because they hold up traffic.

Nuclear energy is much cleaner and safer than any current energy source and we need to invest in that.

Way to sell environmentalism is by showing it does actually save money opposed to lying and feel good strategy.”

12. Multi-talented.

“Raising dairy goats

Cheese making

Food preservation (could be broken down into several talks)

Eating cheaply and nutritiously

Foraging wild edibles in the Pacific Northwest

The history and geography of Middle Earth.”

13. Get that bread.

“Sourdough. Became obsessed in 2017.

Eventually quit design in 2018 and became a baker for over a year.

Back doing design now but love to talk about bread.”

14. Cool!

“Collodion wet plate process. Doing a portrait right with 150 year old photography gear in mostly the first exposure.

I capture one plate per hour and produce all my chemicals by myself. Totally different approach to work with people compared to digital/film photography.”

What would your TED Talk be about?

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