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Data can explain everything. Or can it?

Firstly, Sebastian Wernicke gave such a brilliant talk. There is so much truth and so much to be said about what the world and the TED community around the world hungers for. As Wernicke points out, talks related to abstract ideas and emotions such as happiness, love, religion tended to be the most popular.

What other analysis has been done with the statistical data collected on TED online? It would be fascinating to relate this to trends in the consumer market. Perhaps, time series?

I would love to dabble with this data. Any thoughts or ideas?

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    Feb 8 2013: God has hidden some knowledge from Man. I appreciate and respect how valid, ethical Science tirelessly strives to understand and explain God's creation. But we should recognize that, "Relativity eliminated the Newtonian illusion of absolute space and time; Quantum Theory eliminated the Newtonian dream of a controllable measurement process; and Chaos eliminates the Laplacian fantasy of deterministic predictability."-- Joseph Ford, Physicist, Georgia Institute of Technology Quoted by James Gleick, Chaos, page 6.
    We should explain what we can while avoiding the urge to be premature in calling theory fact. Thank you.
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      Feb 12 2013: The God that you might be implying has hidden ALL the knowledge.
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        Feb 12 2013: It may be as you say sir, I certainly cannot prove it is not. But I hold to a justified true belief that God exists and has revealed certain, but not all, truth to mankind through the creation itself and through the Holy Bible. QUOTE: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork." --Psalm 19:1. "Call unto me, and I [God] will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." --Jeremiah 33:3. "For the invisible things of him [God] from the creation are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his [God's] eternal power and godhead; so that they [those who deny God's existence] are without excuse."-- Romans 1:20. So, that is why I do not believe God has hidden ALL knowledge. Thank you!
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          Feb 13 2013: Mr. Long. From an evolutionary point of view man has discovered all the knowledge that we possess all by ourselves!! I think that faith can be a wonderful thing. I, myself, would never consciously try to sway anybody from their faith. It has been clear to me for quite a while that faith also has a rightful place in this world.
          Also Sir. Having all the knowledge is having no knowledge at all. I cannot imagine a God that has all the knowledge. How bored must he be, knowing that there is nothing left to know. This Sir is a conversation of colossal proportions where if conclusion is to arrive, it would surely in my opinion be psychological disaster.
          I do wish you the best with your faith.
          Cheers
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        Feb 13 2013: RE: "...from an evolutionary point of view..."
        So, to return to the topic, you believe data can explain everything. I believe only God can explain everything. So be it. Neither of us, no matter how much data we amass, can convince the other. . . only God can. Thank you sir!
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          Feb 13 2013: No Sir. I light heartedly in another comment said that data explains everything. However I will adjust my answer to satisfy. Data explains the question!! The questions ofter are more important than the answers for they imply where our line of thought is heading. Therefore, are we asking the questions? do we know all the questions??
          cheers

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