Thinking BIG to reach the stars: Les Johnson at TEDxHuntsville





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Published on Oct 5, 2013

Les Johnson
Scientist, Author and Innovator

Humanity is on a path that can take us to the stars -- if we don't stop dreaming big and taking chances. The laws of physics don't say that interstellar travel is impossible; it is simply very difficult. In the past, this was viewed as a challenge. We've smashed atoms, covered continents with roads, explored the most inhospitable places on Earth, and sent people to the Moon and robots to the edge of the solar system. But that was yesterday. What about tomorrow? We're discovering that the universe is not only full of stars, but planets as well -- most likely billions of them. We didn't discover the first planet beyond our solar system until 1992 and today we've found thousands. We don't need warp drive or worm holes to reach the stars -- we just need to use the known laws of physics and think BIG.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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