ESL Video Quiz: We are losing our active listening skills in the modern world.Quiz #: 25923
Why? How can we get it back?
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7:30But we have a problem.
7:32The problem is we simply don't listen.
7:36And I'd like to suggest to you that
that is a very significant problem.
7:41There are reasons for this problem,
7:43thousands of years ago we invented writing,
7:45before that, if you didn't listen, if you
7:48you missed it.
7:50Now, well if you want to go to sleep,
7:53in this talk, you can watch it
on the TEDx Youtube channel afterwards.
7:57The premium on being present
and listening is not as great as it used to be.
8:01That's the first reason.
8:03Secondly, I would suggest there's
a cultural thing going on here as well:
8:06you may be familiar with the Chinese model
that the duality of yin and yang,
8:10where yang is heat and light
and sun and male energy
8:15and much outward focused,
8:17and yin is dark, moon, female energy,
receiving, much quieter.
8:22Well if I substitute sound words for those
8:26I think you might agree with me that in our
8:29we're much more fond of telling,
than we are of listening.
8:35And that creates a world that looks like
8:38and sounds like this:
8:40(indistinct conversation noises)
8:42People telling, telling, telling, all the
8:46And it's not surprising therefore,
8:48that many people take refuge in this:
8:51(earphones displayed on the picture
while music playing faintly)
8:53But there's an effect of that, a social
effect of that,
8:57on the way that we are with each other.
8:59We take a public space,
imagine any big public space
9:03it could be this theater, I hope not,
9:06I hope nobody's wearing headphones at the
9:08but a train station, an airport, a train
9:12whatever space where we're with other
9:15We take that space, where for a long time
9:18we've been listening to each other.
9:20We might not be speaking to each other,
9:21but we're conscious of each other in our
9:25but we're conscious of each other in our
9:25And we are turning that space into this.
9:30Thousands if millions of little sound
9:33They're called personal soundscapes,
9:35and this fragmentation of public
and shared soundscape
9:39into personal soundscapes
has got serious consequences
9:42because in this scenario,
we're not listening to each other at all.
9:50We are also becoming short of patience.
9:53We don't want to listen to oratory,
9:55we want soundbites.
9:57We don't watch TV programs, we channel-hop.
9:59We don't listen to albums, we listen to
10:03We don't want to have conversations,
10:05we want to tweet or text.
10:07So our patience is getting shorter and
10:11And at the same time we're becoming
desensitized in our listening.
10:16Our media have to shout at us
10:18in order for us to hear.
10:20And this level of desensitization
means that we're finding it
10:25harder and harder to hear the quiet,
10:28the subtle, the silence.
10:34We are losing our listening in the modern
10:37And I think this is a message
you're going to receive several times today
10:40in one form or another. How can we get it
10:44Well I'd like to give you some exercises
to take away with you,
10:47these are kind of like being in the gym,
10:49the first one of these is this:
10:58Silence is very rare in the modern world.
11:02I urge you to seek it out,
11:04and just give yourself
a few minutes of silence every day.
11:09It re-calibrates, it resets your ears,
11:11it's like a sorbet in a good meal.
11:14It allows you to hear again
11:16freshly as if for the first time.
11:18That's the first one.
11:20The second one is a process I call 'the
11:23where you can go into
any noisy modern environment like this,
11:30and start to think:
"How many channels of sound am I hearing?"
11:35How many separate sound sources?
How many people's voices,
11:38chairs squeaking, barristers banging?
11:41You can do this in beautiful natural
like this as well
11:44(water sounds and chirping birds)
11:45How many birds can I hear? The wind in the
11:50How many separate ripples?
11:52It's a great exercise to improve
the acuity of your listening.
11:57The third exercise is savoring.
12:00Like this guy savoring his cup of coffee,
12:02even the most mundane sounds around us,
12:05you can savor, if you really pay attention
12:08This -- (engine noise) -- is my tumble
12:11I recorded it before I came out.
12:13It's a waltz! One two three,
one two three, one two three.
12:18That's quite groovy! I could put music on
top of that!
12:21Or take another simple domestic sound
like boiling a kettle.
12:35So you can really savor even the simplest
12:38The next exercise is listening positions:
12:40have you ever thought of the idea
that you could take up
12:43certain positions to listen from?
12:46This can change everything.
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We are losing our active listening skills in the modern world.
Quiz #: 25923
A cultural reason that we don't listen well is
The effect of so much noise in our world is that
The consequence of the fragmentation of public and shared soundscapes is
We're also becoming
Desensitize probably means
The speaker says that silence is
The speaker's first exercise to help regain listening skills is
"The Mixer" is to go into a noisy, modern environment and
The third exercise is
The purpose of this exercise is to learn to
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