We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Erving Goffman's lecture on lectures observed that what's being affirmed in lectures is that there is knowledge and that the lecture format is able to impart it. (If a lecturer says he's tearing up his prepared speech to speak directly, he tore up the wrong speech, Goffman quips.)
TED seems to add that we are all unusually smart people here.
Regular lectures allow for some stupid people among the addressed.
Take any Gresham lecture on astronomy or cosmology, for a typical lecture not asserting smartness, and curiously more informative.
The TED talk tailored for me would be "Talks for people who hated English classes in high school." Before high school, I was good at but indifferent towards math. I grew to love math from my high school classes. The main reason was that the "new math" I took in high school emphasized the construction of proofs.