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Thomas Hawkins

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Do we have an opinion about everything? If not, should we?

The ideas, questions and debates discussed here on the TED platform allow us to share opinions, answers and lots more.

What is it that makes us form an opinion? Is it something we do through choice? On what level of consciousness are opinions formed?

I chose the "Gotta Share" video as it was the last video I watched before I thought about this. Perhaps its the sharing with others that makes us opinionated? How we make our identity?



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  • Apr 5 2013: I think we do have an opinion on everyone, it all depends on if we care to share and communicate it.

    People who could answer that they have no opinion on this topic also present an opinion, they don't care about the issue and don't think its important enough for them to take sides on which is also a kind of opinion that reflects their view on the topic.

    Our society encourages us to reserve opinions when presenting our opinions could harm our interests so it sometimes seem as though we have no opinion but when pressed a person will reluctantly and grudgingly voice their views on a subject.

    I think opinions form as a result of both conscious and subconscious levels because we can't really help but think as response to stimuli. the results that form our opinions are related to our experience, level of intelligence(different types of intelligence for different people and topics), imagination and of course objectivity(how does life places us in relation to a specific topic).

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