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Desc:Buddhist Scholar and Friend of the Dalai Lama at Occupy Wall Street.
Category:News & Politics, Short Films
Tags:Protest, Occupy Wall Street, Robert Thurman, #Occupy
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I'd watch this if they'd edit out the repetitions. The video would be half the length and half the annoyingness.
So you already watched it?

I started the video, but I can't get through the human megaphone shit.

That's a pity, a lot of what he says is worth hearing twice.

5 for human megaphone.

One of the best ideas to come out of OWS.

I actually agree with Cena. (What a weird experience)

It's not the protestors' fault that they have to do the human megaphone thing, but damn if it doesn't make their videos nigh-unwatchable.

Perhaps the aesthetic difficulties of dealing with the human megaphone can be overcome with practice? I offer this training video to help the challenged. Go through it several dozen times, participating.


"I can't absorb new things that confuse my head." -cena mark, "libertarian"

Seriously, this was amazing and funny and good.

How do you think you guys would have survived in ancient Greece when listening and repetition was the only way people could communicate and learn things.

Dear future historians, we are offended by the basic mechanics of communication, please do not visit us with time machines.

I'm not trying to memorize this guy's speech word for word. (which was the main purpose of repetition in Ancient Greece.) I'm trying to absorb the content & meaning of his speech. Of course it can be done by listening to the whole thing repeated in disruptive, irritating pieces that don't correspond to atomic ideas terribly well. But it's much more difficult.

If you're confused by the above assertion, check out the Ancient Greek writings on rhetoric. They understood the idea of rhetorical flow just fine.

There is no way you can be arguing for a biological or psychological handicap wherein you lose comprehension of language if a sentence is repeated. You're making yourself look prejudiced against the people there.

Something something Socrates in Phaedrus something speech is better than writing something bla bla bla makes one's memory better bla bla something writing is a crutch.

It's not a handicap. It's called being human, dipshit. It's how we're wired.

And you don't lose comprehension when the communication of ideas is interrupted by frequent sing-song repetition... it merely makes comprehension harder. Which is what I said before.

Voulez-vous acheter "reading comprehension"? I've got 5 units in my pocket. .99 each. That's a bargain, by anybody's standard!

I'm aware that the greeks didn't have P.A. systems and needed to do this. I'm also aware that repetition helps you remember things (geeze I went through college and tons of USCG training you'd think I've used that method before.)
But I don't want do absorb this guys speech. I want to know what he's saying in a nice quick little package.
Which probably can be boiled down to "Blah blah blah social justice."

No, Cena, he's telling people why they should have pity for those driven to greedy excess and the paranoia and unhappiness it ultimately brings rather than hate them and wish ill on them.

Om mani padme hum, Cena.

Om mani padme hum.

Well thanks Rovin, for boiling that down for me. That's all I wanted was a nice quick sound bite from that guy.

This explains a lot.

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