Helen Hupe

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I respectfully ask the Tedsters ..............If you had created the universe, what would be different from our present universe ? Why?

Please, no ridicule. Be honest.

  • Sep 13 2012: Hi, Helen !
    I wouldn't dare to change anything :)
    I think, it is perfectly balanced, you can't add anything ' good' not creating 'bad' .
    Actually, we are the universe and if we want it to be improved we should start from within ; as it was said : be that change you want to see. That is the only ' safe ' way i know
  • Sep 13 2012: I would keep things the way they are. Sure, there's bad events and evil people, but the sad thing is the fact that it's actually kind of necessary. If all things were good, would we still appreciate the good that we come across? Would we even understand the concepts of good, moral, ethical, beauty, etc. if we didn't see the opposite?
  • Sep 13 2012: The place where people listen to children's voice more.
    • Sep 19 2012: Elizabeth !
      Would you agree that ' to listen to children's voice more ' we should cherish our child within ?
      " For like is known by like."
      " Except you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven "
      What is the specific gift of childhood that is destroyed by the act of growing up ?
      What do you think ?
      • Sep 19 2012: They enjoy being uncertain even if that means they have to admit there is also a big foot. lol Children belong to the world, but ironically, they are the only creatures that can be free from the reality as long as adults don't have bad effects on them. Some are cleverer than adults, but they aren’t arrogant.
        They are pure, naïve, adorable, beautiful and simple-hearted in itself. And they are open to anything, which means there are numerous possibilities waiting for them.
        But we can’t specifically define them because they are too special to be defined with certain words.
        “What is the specific gift of childhood that is destroyed by the act of growing up ?”
        One word.
        Toys
        It might help you understand what I mean. Click the link below.
        http://www.ted.com/conversations/13667/let_s_write_a_ted_letter.html
        • Sep 20 2012: Toys ? Maybe. But we have toys , they simply get bigger when we grow up :)
          I think, what we have lost , to our enormous detriment, is the freshness of a child's mind, the capacity to wonder and yes, the comfort of " being uncertain."

          Thanks for responding !
      • Sep 20 2012: Good point!

        Adults like freshness because it's still "fresh" to them.
        Children are naturally fresh, no efforts in it indeed. :)

        Thanks !
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    Sep 21 2012: I would have made the universe so that not every thing will destroy life almost instantly.
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      Sep 21 2012: Kevin....That would work for me if not for the process of aging.
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    Sep 20 2012: A place where intelligence would be less self-destructive.
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    Sep 19 2012: There was a video on Gaming for a Better World: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

    At least for a day, I would like to experience a world of supernatural heroism and epicness :D

    And a world where we have flight at will.
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      Sep 19 2012: James....Wouldn't that be nice.
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        Sep 19 2012: Yeah that would be one of the coolest things ever, but it would also be meaningless if I couldn't share the experience with anyone.
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    Sep 19 2012: I would have in a new universe a type of atom that travels back in time not forward this atom also when it meets its beginning flips back to the end and the cycle begins again. Because - - - - - - - I'm now going to spend the rest of my life working out what the affect would be! No seriously, because I wonder if this exists already and we haven't found it yet. Also I wonder how the universe would be different if such a thing existed. We could have atom time travel bus passes, you could get the atom to eat your dinner as a kid, mum turns round and voila its gone. Magic would be fun! Could you think of any ideas!
  • Sep 19 2012: 1) Exotic matter would be easily to find and create so intelligent beings could use wormhole travel, while habitable planets would be closer together.

    2) Galaxies would be more efficient at recycling materials and energy from the remains of dead stars, so the livable universe lasts longer.
  • Sep 15 2012: This universe is actually not bad, but I would definitely make some adjustments.

    Mosquitoes, flies, spiders and ticks would have a natural dislike of humans and their pets.

    Tornadoes would have to go. Hurricanes would be milder, but bad enough to teach us a valuable lesson.

    Earthquakes would have limits.

    Humans would have an instinctual knowledge of unintended consequences and the limits of their knowledge. We would be a bit more cautious about instigating powerful technologies that lead to things like over fishing the oceans of the whole world.

    People would have no genetic diseases (aging is not a genetic disease).

    I am sure there would be others, but this a good start.
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      Sep 15 2012: Barry...It is a good start. I could do withoutthose things too Since the earth is constantly changing as are creatures. Novelty is always introduced in the process of change, perhaps that is the result of something that affects further changes . We know so little about the whole scheme of things even though we know a lot compared to just a few centuries ago.
  • Sep 14 2012: More planets like earth and they would be a bit closer together.

    They would also get progressively smaller, so if someone wanted to go on vacation they would go to a place where the attractive force of gravity was less, consequently you would weigh less, hit golf balls further, and be able to see more of the planet in a shorter amount of time.
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      Sep 15 2012: Yeah, it sure would speed things up. We know what zero gravity does to our astronauts. It makes me wonder how that would work. Thanks for joining us. (Are you a golfer/)
      • Sep 15 2012: Arguably. Seems like it is more a walk in the woods with a bit of lawn hockey every so often. I am getting better though.
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          Sep 15 2012: Now, Now, it's supposed to be fun. Off topic I know but just this once.
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    Sep 14 2012: David....Me thinks that would be heaven (a mindset not a place) and we should strive to achieve it.
  • Sep 14 2012: This is pure fantasy, and I cannot find an easy way to make the math work without introducing additional kinds of force. But, I would have physical laws in such a way that the various stars can exist closer to each other, and it would be realistically possible for us to visit many stars and planets over a matter of days. I'm quite lonely because we're the only technological species around. I think life would be a lot more interesting if we could interact with many more advanced species, or even see the kinds of life that exist on other stars, planets and satellites.

    As God, I think I'd have a lot of fun creating vastly different kinds of life and observing how they interact with each other.
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      Sep 14 2012: Hey that is a good idea with this caveat. I would hope that we would encounter FRIENDLY forces. Perhaps someday we will get there. However there is much to do.
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    Sep 14 2012: If I was going to make spiritual beings I wouldn't worry about a material universe, wait billions of years for planets to form and life to evolve, and then a few billion more until they could think about me. I wouldn't make life so that animals survive by killing and eating other life forms.

    I wouldn't use the air hole for eating or the waste disposal with the reproduction bits.

    I wouldn't worry about the physical universe at all.

    Lets go straight to heaven.
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      Sep 14 2012: Obey.....One of your statements I have heard expressed by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Something to think about though.
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    Sep 14 2012: @ Natasha.............Yes in choice there is power and absolute power absolutely corrupts. Voila! We have the genesis of evil
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    Sep 13 2012: Knowledge would be physically attractive.
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      Sep 14 2012: David...I hate to admit my density but just what is it you are driving at ?
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        Sep 14 2012: If I created the universe, the brain would be our most attractive sex organ. It would get bigger as it filled with knowledge, and people of the opposite sex, or same if that's your thing, would be attracted to you based on it.

        I would look at a girls head and go all googly eyed, instead of other, less intellectually satisfying organs...
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          Sep 14 2012: Hi David................Well, OK to each his own....somehow I don't see beauty there and I would really miss that.
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          Sep 19 2012: Wasn't it much more easy David if there was no opposite sex nor sexual desire.
          This would save us lots of troubles.
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        Sep 14 2012: Well, maybe I just need to rephrase it. I would like to make inner beauty, knowledge, wisdom, and kindness, aesthetically pleasant. So, I want those things to be an extra layer of beauty, displayed on top of everything else.
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    Sep 13 2012: @ Fritzie.........We would be robots don't you think ? I am speaking of human relations not nature.
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    Sep 13 2012: I had to think about this Helen,thank you.

    I would replicate this one down to the atom,it is self sustaining and entropic which demands change,what better could i ask for?
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      Sep 14 2012: Ken..I am so happy that you have joined in and I must admit I have learned a lot from this thread. There are ideas that never would have come to my mind, if not for these conversations. You have expressed scientific reasons for this universe. I had not even thought about that. Thank you !!
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    Gail .

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    Sep 13 2012: I have learned that we are powerful creatures who manifest our realities, quite literally. Once I discovered that, I started paying attention to what I was manifesting. Now I manifest satisfying situations.

    If everyone knew that this is how a human "works", then there would be no (or nearly no) war, intolerance, inequality, poverty, hunger, thirst, crime & violence, hate, and other social ills. When we hate, we invite hate into our lives. When we find inner peace, our realities become peaceful. When we are outward focused, we live in and with fear. when we are inward focused, we live in and with opportunity. When we know that our needs will be met, they are met. That's how life works Beliefs are the fabric of our reality.

    My suggested "how life works" plant would give explanations. (But it was fun, in retrospect, figuring it all out)
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    Sep 13 2012: Perhaps the tendency to hate would be a tremendous evolutionary disadvantage and so would not be a sustainable as a characteristic.
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      Sep 13 2012: Thank you for replying. I agree, with this reservation.............It would prevent humans from making choices.
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        Sep 13 2012: Why would not hating prevent people from making choices other than the choice to hate?
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          Sep 13 2012: Fritzie..Ilove your avatar....my daughter raises
          English Bulldogs. They are really sweet.. That would eliminate heroism. Is that good ?
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        Sep 13 2012: An explanation would be good.
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          Sep 13 2012: Well, if your nature is restricted to doing only good, then you really don'thave to worry about someone putting his/her life on the line for you. If I cannot make a choice between doing good and doing something not good, then there is nothing like courage.
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        Sep 13 2012: I do not see hate as the cause of all our poor choices, natural disasters, and accidents nor at the root of the challenges we face from disease or the consequences of mistakes we make.

        To me it seems there would continue to be great opportunity for choice, sacrifice, and heroic action.
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    Sep 13 2012: Be honest? OK. It depends.

    1. If I am All Knowing and All Powerfull, I immediately have a couple problems.

    a) If I already know everything, that means I also know the future and everything that would happen from whatever I created. So I would question why I needed to create anything in the first place. What's the point? I'm never going to be "surprised" by anything that happens in the new Universe I created.

    b) If I still decided to create a Universe and populate it with sentient beings who were capable of feeling pain, turmoil, and any other negative experiences, I should already know that those things WOULD be cruel to inflict on any sentient being. So I would not allow that to happen...EVER. Remember...I'm All Powerfull. It should be a no-brainer for me to prevent pain, starvation, disease, and my Children from fighting amongst each other.

    2. If I am NOT All Knowing and All Powerfull...

    a) I should know I'm gonna most likely screw up quite a few things in the creation of any project as vast as an entire Universe. So...

    b) I would never get upset at any of my created sentient beings if they got PO'd at me for some of the negative experiences they had from my creation. Sorry about that. So you don't have to fear any retaliation from me if you don't believe in me.

    Although my reply above will undoubtably appear I addressed it from a Deity-based creator perspective, please understand that the same answers would apply to an Intelligent Designer, like an Engineer. No ridicule in any manner was intended.
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      Sep 13 2012: I like that paragraph (b) in your second version. I cannot see a designer being upset with his creation either. Always there is only love. Punishment is a human construct and Love is not retaliatory.
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    Gail .

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    Sep 13 2012: I would have created a plant that grows readable "how life works" edible scrolls.
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      Sep 13 2012: Thank you TL.....I am not sure what you are getting at. Can you explain further?
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        Gail .

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        Sep 13 2012: I have learned that we are powerful creatures who manifest our realities, quite literally. Once I discovered that, I started paying attention to what I was manifesting. Now I manifest satisfying situations.

        If everyone knew that this is how a human "works", then there would be no (or nearly no) war, intolerance, inequality, poverty, hunger, thirst, crime & violence, hate, and other social ills. When we hate, we invite hate into our lives. When we find inner peace, our realities become peaceful. When we are outward focused, we live in and with fear. when we are inward focused, we live in and with opportunity. When we know that our needs will be met, they are met. That's how life works Beliefs are the fabric of our reality.

        My suggested "how life works" plant would give explanations. (But it was fun, in retrospect, figuring it all out)
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          Sep 13 2012: @TL.....Beautiful......I wish all babies were born with a parental instruction manual, but you idea is better because it could be ground up and put in baby's food. LOL Really we do pass on to our next generation all the foibles and wrongs we learned as children and have not been able to cut the intellectual apron strings and live our lives with love as our motive. I really appreciate your post...it hit the nail on the head.
        • Sep 13 2012: T L !
          I love your plant ! :) But don't you think that with a power comes the possibility to abuse power ? Maybe because of that the ' how life works' plant is wisely hidden and reveals itself when the seeker is ready .
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        Gail .

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        Sep 14 2012: Natasha
        Such power does not come with the power to abuse when you understand that by claiming your rightful power, you cannot be personally abused. Only those who believe in their own vulnerability can be abused.

        As a deliberate manifestor, I know that I have no power over those who claim their right to own their lives. I have immense power in and of my own life, however. If I use that power to harm another, the consequences will be real enough in my own life.

        It's just like Jesus said: As I do to others, it is done to me. As I give (whether peace or anger) it is given to me in like measure. As I love my neighbor and myself, I love god. As I judge another, I am judged and have judged God.

        But your final point is accurate. When the person is ready, the information appears. And as one huge religion already has and ignores these teachings (while claiming to worship the one who spoke them), it probably wouldn't do much better,. But it would be better than a book, compiled and written by Constantine. And if I were God, designing a world that I was not going to manipulate after creation, it would be worth a shot.
        • Sep 19 2012: Hi, T L !
          You see, a secret ' how life works' is not a secret, it is not something untold. It’s something which is not heard. You suggest to visualise it , let it be a plant , but I am not sure it would be seen . One needs ears to hear and eyes to see and mind which is tuned properly to comprehend. It's a path, a life long journey ; if it did't require any effort, we, humans would be totally out of business here :)
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    Sep 13 2012: I would arrange the stars to clearly form "GOD EXISTS" and I might post some commandments there as well.
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      Sep 13 2012: Hi E. Explorer............We do have only one option (commandment) ans that is the Golden Rule. It would be nice if we could look up in the sky and see that reminder. I believe our motive should always be love and not obedience.
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        Sep 13 2012: I don't ask for help unless I truly need it, so when I do ask I would like to be treated with dignity, trust and generosity. Therefore when asked for help I should treat others in the same way. If that's it, if there are no stipulations or conditions to the Golden Commandment, what is to stop a less scrupulous person from asking me for help until I run out of the ability to assist them (because I'm broke)?

        At what point does the Golden Commandment become the Leaden Lie?
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          Sep 13 2012: EE...Perhaps we need to go further....Golden Rule says to love God , ourselves and others. We are rational and we must set realistic boundaries. When you go too far in helping (loving) others then we become enablers. This is not love. Want a good example ? Creating a welfare state in gov't is not love. This love shud come from loving people and not be mandated or else it becomes obedience.