3 videos worth 30 minutes of your time

Jet lag has me waking up at 4 am lately, and this morning I stumbled across these three videos of inventor Dean Kamen talking about his work on an amazing prothetic limb.

That part is amazing enough (think Luke Skywalker in Star Wars), but he spends the last few minutes of his interview talking about the crisis in education, and makes a point that I’ve never heard before: the problem with American education is not bad teachers or poor schools – it’s that learning just isn’t celebrated. It’s not cool to be smart.

If you’ve got a few minutes, click over to Gizmodo to watch this man talk. He’s probably our greatest living inventor, but he’s also got some smart stuff to say.