by Patrick Appel

A reader writes:

People who think TED is a new Harvard must have had an experience at Harvard that was very different from mine.  Some of the things I learned came from lectures/class, but 75% or more came from hanging out with friends and acquaintances in the residential houses, and being painlessly exposed to threads of manifold disciplines while eating, drinking, smoking various things, and chasing objets d'amours.  When TED can get drunk and stoned and need me to hold him up, undress him, and put him to bed, while he questions his orientation and talks about how everything is ultimately about math, or about biology, or about linguistics, let me know.

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