Your average skateboarder started and got
hooked on skateboarding because it was different. Because it was different than the team sports
and it allowed a lot of creative freedom. And so your general population of skateboarders
are really creative individuals that think a bit outside the box. So when that happens
you have their music tastes and their clothing tastes and, they make up words for different
things like slang terms. And it becomes really – it becomes a trendsetter. It really drives something new into the media
and it drives something new that people start noticing different musical tastes and music
artists. It’s very evident how skateboarding has changed fashion and what people are wearing.
Skate shoes have become the norm and, you know, people that are walking around that
don’t skate aren’t really – they just don’t know that the paneling on their shoe
is made for skating. It’s made because we need support in these certain spots but now
that just becomes the look of a shoe. With the outside of the box thinking these
skaters they have an attention to detail whereas it might not have come out in school or it
might not have come out in a lot of different ways that people may have thought that, you
know, they weren’t bright. When you can break down skateboarding and you can break
down these little movements and what would look good and, you know, certain ways they
turn in like a line, they’ll turn one way and then turn back the other way because they
like the way that that looks. Or the skate filmer will film things so that the skater
begins in the left side of the frame, leaves on like the opposite side of the frame and
in the next clip in his video part will start the opposite way so that your eyes move during
the video. It’s really creative and with that and that attention to detail it goes
into every other part of their life that they start to tweak things a little bit and so
they start to talk different and they make up slang terms with their friends. But those
slang terms end up making it into popular culture and they end up making it into like
hip hop songs and things like that. And then they’re also great at designing.
A lot of skateboarders are artists and one of their outlets is a skateboard and the other
one is doing art. And then they become popular artists that people don’t know that they
actually started in skateboarding and they’ve had like their graphics on boards for a long
time. They start to design shoes and they start to design clothing and doing things
just differently. It ends up being really refreshing for, you know, the rest of popular
culture. Without these creative individuals we’d all be wearing like a uniform in a
way. A skateboarder’s way of thought is so different
that I feel if somebody had some sort of dilemma in their life you could ask a skateboarder
for an outside opinion, an outside of the box. You may be getting into a double edged
sword because depending on which skateboarder and what you’re asking. You may get something
that is absolutely ridiculous or you could get something that’s absolutely brilliant.

Chris Cole: Want a great idea? Ask a skateboarder.
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100 thoughts on “Chris Cole: Want a great idea? Ask a skateboarder.

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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    I enjoyed this.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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    One other thing kids are loving is Minecraft. Almost ever child I asked they all said the LOVE it including my younger brothers. Kids spend hours on end making stuff. It's really interesting to think of the concept of the game. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    Chris Cole is probably my favourite skater. Close seconds being Luan Oliveira and Tommy Sandoval.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    The point is probably more about any out-there people, not just skaters.  Doing anything that is out of the ordinary tends to get the creative juices flowing, because the human brain abhors stagnation and thrives on challenge.  Plus i guess it boosts your reflexes and therefore your thought process.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    Skateboarding is very influential. It is also character building, for example it requires drive and courage to achieve new tricks, overcoming mental blocks of fear, pushing boundries and a determination not to give up. It is very psychological like other physically exerting sports or activities. But there are no rules or boundries. It's an expressive art in one sense, style and techniques are developed by the skater. Watching other skaters is influential, as one vividly imagines being in anothers shoes, observing the way the tricks are done and the difficulty of it etc, which is done by mirror neurons. Experienced skaters certainly develop a mind-frame that caters for creativity, amongst other skills. It is very interesting to think about the ways that the skateboarding community affects and is affected by the wider society. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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    This concept also applies to traceurs/parkour ~ a beautifully out-of-the-box sport that attracts beautifully out-of-the-box people. m/

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    High intensity nerd rage in this comment section. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    Some guy that thinks that anyone who does the same sport as him is superior to people who don't. Absolutely no possibility for bias here, right? I mean all of that scientific proof just confirms it (sarcasm). Utter bullshit, this is the first video I have ever disliked on youtube.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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    dumbest thing I've seen all day.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I would like to know where and how this is based on since creative people can be found in probably any area. There are plenty of skaters who mainly follows/copy the footsteps of other skaters in terms of style and hobbies. My assumption is that they build up a mindset that is alike other skaters (the ones they look up to), which only puts them in their own separate "boxes". While you're only able to think inside your box, skaters are the same but within their boxes. Just two different people thinking in different boxes. 

    Basically what I'm trying to say is that we supposedly think they're creative because their mindset isn't alike ours, but in fact(oid), their mindset is only built upon the real trendsetter(s) way of thinking/acting, the real trendsetter(s) is the actual creative one while the rest just follows a pattern.

    Related: I was actually a skater for 6 years myself in the past.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    I get the feeling that this video was a little spontaneous. It's amazing how he managed to make things up on the go and still sound so devoted and serious about it. That's real talent right there. Would love to see him in an iPhone commercial!

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    inb4 rage w8 nvm

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    Is he confusing causality with correlation?

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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    I feel like i understand his point, But I feel like his argument can be applied to almost anything. A chess players ability to look ahead, a pool players attention to detail, a football players calmness in chaos. I have a hard time understanding how skateboarding differs in a innovative and creative sense. I believe all sports are trendsetters to their specific audience. I dont see why skateboarding is any different and is brought attention too.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    Mr. Cole please , it is thing with every other subculture not just skateboarders . Just sayin

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    i totally understand where hes coming from. skateboarding is not only a never ending pool of creativity but it teaches you the art of determination to make the seemingly impossible possible and apply that mind set to all aspects of life. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    Ed Templeton would've explained the subject better.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm
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    I never thought I would see Chris Cole on Big Think haha

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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    I do want to add to this and say as someone whose life has been backboned by skating, there's a lot of substance to what Chris is saying that is just incredibly hard to capture well in speech. Having quit for awhile and come back to it, it does seem like there's more of an inherent, instinctive, reptilian brain in all the people I've skated with throughout life and the ones I have now. Once you and the people you know are good enough to where you get to worry about the style of your skating rather than just landing tricks, it's sort of a beautiful thing when you feel yourself forming a unique style and can start seeing your friends' personalities embodied in all the tricks they do. There's also something with skating in cities and flying over stairs, rails, dealing with security guards, cars, pedestrians, and doing it with a solid close crew that sort of allows this vigilante "mission" way of operating to take over that I find myself yearning for in normal life. Then there's moments like you or someone else finally landing something, seeing it on film, and finishing a video project that embeds in you this nature of intense focus that leads to a payoff so overwhelming you'd feel okay dying in that moment. There's tons of little tendencies and elements to skating that groups of kids all over enter into that I think goes sort of unspoken about, and it was after quitting and floating around other crowds that I really noticed it. Consistently, meeting any skater for the first time really feels like suddenly gaining a life-long friend who may or may not be booksmart, but I know they're gonna get shit done and approach things in a way that I rarely see amongst any others I've known. Perhaps this same thing could be said about any hobby, but I know it's all of this that makes skating feel like such a home to me no matter where I go doing it. I think if you really want to get a more beautifully accurate breakdown of skating, search up Rodney Mullen interview "A Beautiful Mind."

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  • September 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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    It's about time a video was made on this subject

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  • September 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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    He's right, but so can it be said about a thousand other professions.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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    Uuuggghh… 

    Videos like this are only going to feed the egos of people who skate. 'I'm a skater so I guess you could say I'm pretty smart, creative and forward thinking'. Give me a break. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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    Oh the humanities 💤

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    This is retarded

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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    Look, another person thinking their magical group poops fairy dust.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm
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    This campaign is raising money for "College tuition for triplets"
    http://www.gofundme.com/e5p8qc

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    Yeah! met him at Maplewood ZERO Comp. in MN
    Nice outlook, I can Dig It.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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    Lol at all the people hating on skateboarding. Get your head out of your fucking ass. Different strokes for different folks.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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    Lol at all the people hating on skateboarding. Get your head out of your fucking ass. Different strokes for different folks.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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    to the stiff close minded "get off my lawn" dinosaurs on here… skateboarding is far more advanced and creative than any sport out there, except maybe squirrel suit skydiving. skaters can slide down 20 sets of stairs backwards going 20 miles an hour, while you can barely walk down 20 sets of stairs before going out of breath.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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    to the haters here:

    google or youtube search chris cole 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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    As a person who doesn't skate by hangs out with skaters, I have to say I've had the same experience. While I have met a bunch of skaters that aren't really going anywhere in life and just skate and smoke all day, I have met even more skaters who are good musicians, talented artists, have fantastic taste in clothes and music, and are very good genuine people. Skateboarding is a very interesting and hard-to-master sport that most people shrug off because they haven't ever thought about what the act of skateboarding implies you have to be able to do with your body. I think a good follow up to this video would be a discussion on what skateboarding is, should be, and shouldn't be, so more people learn about the subculture.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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    This is awful

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  • September 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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    So is this from 2003?

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  • September 16, 2014 at 12:09 am
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    HAHAHA what a load of SHIT. A bunch of conceited segregationist idiots who think they're "different". Even though they ALL act, dress, move, walk, talk EXACTLY the same. Some of the biggest tools ever. Skaters.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    chris cole is one of the reasons i started skating, hes the best of our generation. Keep it up man.  your amazing

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  • September 16, 2014 at 12:47 am
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    I think it's a waste of time trying to explain what skateboarding is to people that have never done it. Most people just hate on it because they don't know the feeling of just riding a skateboard or battling hours and even days for a trick and finally get it. It's an unique sensation that only some lucky people like us(skateboarders) are ever gonna experience in life.

    (sorrry if I make any gramatical mistake)

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  • September 16, 2014 at 1:51 am
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    i dont like the comments on this video

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  • September 16, 2014 at 3:31 am
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    so being part of a specific subculture that has nuances like any other makes you a creative, trendsetting visionaries while others not? As for outside of the box thinking, Chris Cole is definitely not doing so as he defines all these "attributes" that skateboarders uniquely have without considering a broader scope of the population. If he had, he would have realized that the different subcultures of a population have more in common than he thinks.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 3:32 am
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    Beautiful video. Thanks Big Think and Chris Cole.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 4:44 am
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    These comments are unreal. Fucking christ.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 4:57 am
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    this makes no sense. no offense to skateboarders.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 5:09 am
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    Skateboarding needs more slang terms

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  • September 16, 2014 at 5:39 am
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    As a skateboard videographer I can say this is very true. I spend 95% of my time around skateboarders, and am one myself. Almost each and every individual I film with is eccentric in their own way, very detail oriented, and at times a bit crazy. They could all easily be set apart from someone who, for instance, is into football or baseball, for better or worse. Generally I just find skateboarders more flamboyant and willing to be and express themselves than your average person. I'm not really sure what the purpose of this video is though. I imagine most of the population hate us, and wouldn't care much to know about the way we think, but maybe I'm wrong. I guess this video couldn't hurt.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 5:44 am
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    Its funny how they describe skateboarding so elegantly!! And they try to ascribe

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  • September 16, 2014 at 6:08 am
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    Wow I thought I had seen some new lows from this series.  My X group is the  best we can help you with your problems, we X are the true inovators. My group is concerned about Z and so we should all care about Z.  Come on think big fix your channel these talks are becomming pathetic.  This talk amounts to bold assertions no evidence. Next what surfers? goths are the true thinkers? different groups same claim they can solve the worlds problems. The last real talk I recall from this series that was useful was Bill Nye and that seems like ages ago.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 6:44 am
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    when he says skateboarder, he doesn't mean anyone that owns a skateboard. 

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  • September 16, 2014 at 6:59 am
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    Nah, I just don´t buy it. You could say that for a lot of other disciplines (gamers, painters,  musicians) they are all potential creative geniuses. 

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  • September 16, 2014 at 8:16 am
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    Plus skateboarding makes you appreciate this concrete jungle we all live in more. Haha it makes you appreciate weird shit like a set of stairs or well paved cement

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  • September 16, 2014 at 10:21 am
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    So much bullshit…

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  • September 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    He's not entirely wrong.  Skateboarding has definitely influenced fashion, music, film, and other art forms since it's "rebirth" in the 1970s.  However, he gives skateboarding for more credit than it deserves.  This is likely the result of confirmation bias, born from the fact that his world is primarily peopled with skaters.  His view of cultural evolution is colored by particular lens.  Conversely,  Hip Hop has existed for a comparable time, and its influence is far more widely and obviously observable.

    P.S.  Which skateboarding slang terms have become common vernacular?

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  • September 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    The stigma behind skateboarding in pop culture today is still overwhelming plagued by the idea that skateboarders are still burnout delinquents. A couple thoughts:

    1) Skateboarding is not a sport. It's a form of art expression. 

    Sports have rules and regulations, and yes although there are many skateboarding competitions held regularly, the majority of skateboarders aren't focused on that. They are out doing whatever skateboarding means to them. One kid can be focused on skating stairs/rails and another can focus on bombing hills or doing freestyle. 
    There is no one that can say, "You're skateboarding wrong." It's not a sport. There is no rule guide or penalties like football or any other sport. 

    2) Being a skateboarder does not mean, "I owned a skateboard when I was younger and I don't buy into what he's saying."

    If you have that mentality, I could say, "I took a free karate lesson when I was 7 and I don't understand what this world renown black-belt champion is saying?"
    You can't buy into skateboarding. You have to go out and do it. Unlike "gaming" or "being a goth" skateboarding requires A LOT of time, energy and defeat to even accomplish the most basic of tricks. And when I say a lot I mean several years or decades. 

    3) The majority of people that skateboard do not get paid to skateboard for a living. 

    Skateboarding is a creative art. A small percent of skateboarders will somehow, get a paycheck related to skateboarding. From skateboarding and paying attention to the smallest of details while skateboarding will transfer into whatever creative outlet you do outside of skateboarding. Most skateboarders are musicians, fine arts painters, actors, fashion designers, etc. Who knows if those people would be where they are without the influence of skateboarding in their lives, but I would be more that willing to bet that they definitely took things they've learned from skateboarding and adapted it into whatever art form they are doing. 

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  • September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Great message and on point.. I a professional sign spinner and our mindset is very much the same. That mindset has helped me move up in our company and given my bosses a chance to see that they had been overlooking a major pool of intellectual talent they had been missing out on..
    Thank you for this video

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  • September 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    Wtf? So many different people skateboard. It's just an interest like ice skating or anything. This is so stupid.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    You could argue the same with prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, etc. Trend setters hand pick skaters and decide what to set..not the other way round.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm
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    its true i have many ideas and im totally alternative, thats why i hurl myself down stairwells. im self destructive like van gogh.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    Unsubscribe

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  • September 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    I think it's rad that they chose a pro skater for one of these cause everything he said is true and needs to be acknowledged.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    Hahahaha this a really funny video!

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  • September 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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    I think creativity in general is a lack of impulse control, basically having the urge to express ourselves no matter the art form, from skating to painting it's all the same really

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  • September 16, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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    The usage of the word 'they' in this clip is used VERY loosely.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    Music taste…sure….

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  • September 17, 2014 at 4:05 am
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    Hmm…

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  • September 17, 2014 at 6:51 am
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    Wow.
    Didn't know one skater could offend so many people just by explaining his love of the sport.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 10:37 am
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    I am a reasonable person, a secular humanist. I try to look at things from different angles and arrive at a logical conclusion. I am truly sorry but this probably has to be the most irrational and plain stupid Big Think I have ever seen.
    I kind of see where he is coming from but it is obviously wishful thinking. My take on skateboarders is that they are a pretty dumb bunch and the vast majority of them got hooked up on skateboarding because it was a huge pop trend. Sorry again but thinking otherwise would be wrong in my opinion. A first dislike, Big Think.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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    Glad to see the science community showing this video the open-minded hospitality that it is so well known for. I don't know when people started seeing "Big Think" as a science-oriented video channel. A large proportion of these videos are science related, absolutely, but a large proportion are, and always have been, interesting views from other perspectives. I assume a large proportion of the people complaining about the lack of science within this video don't even work or academically study a science; just bored internet trolls. There is a lot more to life than science. 

    And to pre-emptively defend that statement, that is not any insinuation of any spiritual or religious realities or beliefs, although, the arrogance within the scientific community as a whole regarding spirituality and religion is just as upsetting.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    OK, I'm 57 years old and grew up racing motocross. Skateboarding was pretty young back then but a lot of the younger kids that would hang around us were into it. I could do a lot of things with a bike but could never really get the hang of skateboards. These guys were indeed, a special breed. They were rebels, for sure and not terribly respectful of others (or each other, for that matter) but they were some of brightest kids around. I miss those days and those kids.

    Everyone adds something to society and it would be a much more boring world without people like them. Remember this post when you guys are out there doing what you do. Not all old farts are looking at you and shaking their heads. There's still a little rebel in some of us.  

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  • September 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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    PLEASE CHECK YOUR AUDIO LEVELS!!! such amatuerish mistakes

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  • September 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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    I do believe that skateboarders are pretty creative in general and the ones who are really into it have a very outside the box way of thinking, but i still don't see how they're applying that creativity to anything useful and practical to society outside of maybe fashion and artsy culture. I challenge them to take action, get educated (which is so easy to do for free nowadays), and use their creativity to do more than just make cool videos and start clothing trends among teenagers.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm
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    An example of a skateboarder providing a great idea might have saved this video.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 3:45 am
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    What a load of shit, nothing special about skateboarders except they sometimes look cool doing what they do

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  • September 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    Why so many dislikes?

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  • September 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm
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    I love Chris and all that, but i think he went a little too far here. I understand what he's saying but he exaggerated the truth. The culture that developed from skateboarding is spot on, but the rest he's saying doesn't really fit with the average skater – and i can see why it might sound stupid to someone who's not skating :p

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  • September 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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    That was ridiculous… Now please come out of your bubble.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 2:39 am
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    Thanks for posting this, makes me glad but at the same time annoyed by the poser falseness of trend setting.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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    i wouldn't ask a skateboarder.  

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  • September 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    Skate or die

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  • September 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    People are being rather uncharitable here.  If you parse what he's saying, he's actually making fairly cautious claims, that "skateboarders are creative".  Is it a rigorous scientific study? No.  That's fine though.  There are lower tiers of certainty that you could assign these statements to.  You don't have to be sure of everything, just make sure your actions match your level of uncertainty.

    What actions will I take as a result of this video?  Not many. I might investigate a bit more, and I might at the very least rid myself of apparently ubiquitous stereotypes like, "Skateboarders are necessarily stupid, and necessarily smoke pot"

    If you want someone to do a rigorous study in this area, do it.  Create a metric for creativity, decide who qualifies as "a skateboarder", get a statistically significant and statistically representative number of skaters and non-skaters, run your test, let us know your results.  Until such time as you (or anyone else) do, we will have to listen to people argue their positions sans data.  We don't have to retreat to absolute uncertainty, we can pick some other, intermediate level of certainty.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    If is point is only supported by examples I can find as many to contradict him.

    Skateboarding is a big community and happen to have creative people in it. 

    I am not sure how spending your time on a piece of wood with wheels affect your creativity and even if somehow it did you have to show with an unbiased experiment. 

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  • September 24, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    Skateboard More!

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  • September 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    This is a pointless talk!

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  • September 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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    …Or, it could just be the weed.

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  • September 25, 2014 at 2:49 am
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    It's so cool to see someone like Chris Cole in this channel 🙂

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  • September 25, 2014 at 3:50 am
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    Is this an Onion piece? lol 

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  • September 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Mad respect for Cole, but you should have got Rodney Mullen for this 🙂 🙂

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  • September 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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    People in my chosen profession are better than people with other professions. They have contributed various things to society. You should ask people in my profession for advice on things because we are special and unique. If it wasn't for people in my profession all you other losers out there would be really sorry.

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  • September 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    I like skateboarding and I regret reading the comments on this video.

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  • September 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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    So Big Think makes a video using Chris Cole who is one of the best skateboarders in the world, and everyone hates on it? I don't get why people just can't accept other cultures. Like if you don't like it when people hate on your shit then don't hate on others!

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:55 am
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    I'd play football in middle school only did it because my dad wanted me too, but one day I was having a bad day and left practice. I was like "Fuck you jocks I'm out of here" and I hang with my friends who would skate board in the parking lot all the time, that's how I got into to it and I don't regret it one bit. How ever I do like a to play a little backyard football from time to time.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 1:04 am
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    He even said not all skateboarders are the same at the end. Some of us are thinkers and some of us are just recreationalists. Careful who you ask, you just may be asking one of these hating commenters who like to talk shit because they're miserable people. LOL

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  • October 2, 2014 at 3:14 am
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    Good God just don't knock it till you try it people. Honestly everyone's suddenly an expert on everything on the internet because they're fucking genius keyboard warriors. Fully immerse yourself in a culture before you judge an individual you ignorant trash heaps. People came to skate wear because they look fucking cool. They're sociologically perceived as cool wear. It's a norm now. Get immersed in the culture and see how different styles are and how many subcultures are within it. You'll be amazed. You all think skaters are just pot head, ignorant, idiots. You're wrong. Stop generalizing. There's a mix, yes, but there's so much innovation, infinite creativity, and such perseverance to be admired. And to say were dumb is just fuckin' retarded holy shit you should burn in a car pile-up. 

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  • October 10, 2014 at 3:16 am
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    There is so much truth in this video.

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  • October 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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    this is like a tim & eric skit

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  • October 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    why don't most people get skateboarding is just used as an example/metaphor here

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  • October 14, 2014 at 12:28 am
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    I think it really depends who the skateboarder is and what the reason is for them to skateboard. Whether they genuinely love it or just being a poser. As for his last statement, everybody's way of thought is different. Not all skateboarders have an amazing way of thought. 

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  • October 15, 2014 at 4:41 am
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    You people who comment about skating thinking it is stupid or dumb or uncreative have probably never skated or have skated and were shit at it or just gave up. There is a creative side to it I skated for a few years, but this guy is just talking out of his ass to get on the big think even though hes a small fink

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  • October 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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    These general comments can be relayed to almost any activity. Skateboarders are no more or no less creative then an electrician, janitor or painter. there are over 18.5 million skateboarders today while there are only 13 million kids playing soccer in the US, if anything skateboarding has become the norm. – A skater since the 70's 🙂

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  • October 29, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    All these people on youtube do is comment negative shit. They don't bother considering the idea presented. They simply reject it with immediacy and carry on with their aggressive preconceptions.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 7:52 am
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    Don't listen to this "noimnotnice" below– obviously he didn't grow up skating!  I lived what he said and it was VERY well said!

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  • August 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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    Skateboarding definitely draws in the artistic outcast type of kids who disassociate with the norm… I would label a certain aspect of it more along the lines of the phrase "tinkerer" that Bill Nye often uses too. Stop labeling them all as obnoxious hippie hoodlums or whatever because that's far from the case. I've skated my whole life as a hobby and I've always been intrigued by science especially physics and astronomy so give it a rest.

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