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The biggest threat to mankind. What will end the world as we know ?

Does the world need to be saved ? Are we heading toward an inevitable extinction ? will that be a new generation bomb ? or will it be pollution ? will it be depletion of natural resources ? or will the machines be our killers as it is suggested in many sci-fi stories ?


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      Jun 26 2012: Dear Don,
      I understand your concern and I am thankful for it. I hope I can bring clarity you expect by answering your questions.

      This is a serious conversation.
      I am being serious most of the time and add some funny points occasionally to make the course of the debate a little smoother as I find necessary.
      There has not been a mistake in calling this conversation a debate as It has been one to this point.

      My question "Why is the sea blue in cloudy days" serves as a proof of me watching your video to the last minute of it where Jonathan asks the audience this question without answering it.

      Robert's answer I guess serves the same purpose as he addresses the hint Jonathan gives.

      my second answer to the question of why the sea is blue, is my own curiosity making me google it. you see I really didn't know why the sea was blue ! and I thought many members here will also not have a clue despite our mental self image that we know and understand much (This is exactly the point Jonathan makes in your video). I thought sharing it could serve as a small shock toward understanding the fact that we do not know everything and we should be open for new ideas and seek knowledge all the time and it is one little funny point that may calm the atmosphere after the recent tensions.

      please let me know if i succeeded in elaborating my point.
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        • Jun 26 2012: Don, I welcome your insight as I believe your experience will help.

          I notice that "evil" seems to be a recurring theme for you, as it seems you have been scarred by evil and I sympathize. But if someone becomes obsessed with something they will begin to project it everywhere they go. I too might say I see "evil", in the lack of day to day critical introspection expressed in pat’s, mike’s, and your own video posted.

          Emotions have a habit of blinding us sometimes. When an argument is seen as an attack it may cause the person to argue more passionately. But they will be less likely to develop a clear and deep understanding of the other person’s views; nor are they as likely to criticize their own. This very problem has perpetuated in all that we do, and is a large part of the reason we have some of the problems we have to day.

          For this reason it is good to keep the debate calm and civil, at least until clarity has been achieved. Even the most educated can be wrong. What’s the quickest path to discovering the truth? I would say it is amongst people who actually want to find the truth and not just argue their point.

          Look at cultural wars, some say they are fighting evil, some say they are evil. But, I say they are a lack of respect and communication. As we grow, we learn the idea of respect though out our lives. Many people learn their ideas of respect from their culture’s religion and/or their culture’s history. Not only does knowledge mold us, but so does the way we packaged and communicated it.
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          Jun 26 2012: Don

          What percentage of TED contributors are Tea Party members?

          Can you give me a few examples of this evil?

          Apparently you are arguing for agreement to encourage love and kindness. Problem is that is not how it works.

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