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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 16 2013: I feel that for a lot of us, our opinions are the easiest way to "prove" to others that we're smart, likable, hip, or cool.

    PS: Please think I'm smart for saying so...and cool.
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      Apr 16 2013: Dear Chris,
      In my humble opinion, you appear to be a smart, likable, hip, and very cool person, who brings up a good point:>)

      I think/feel a lot of times, people want to share opinions to "prove" something to others. The challenge with that idea, often, is that opinions are subjective. Sometimes, the act of trying to "prove" something, becomes confrontational, because many times we cannot "prove" something that is subjective, and the other person may be wanting to "prove" their subjective idea as well. See what I mean?

      If a person gets lost in the idea of "proving" his/her subjective idea, the conversation simply goes around in circles. I think/feel it is important to recognize that our opinions, are not always shared by everyone, and to try to force that opinion onto others to appear to be smarter, does not always create the situation where strongly opinionated people are thought of as likable or cool.....what do you think about that?
      • Apr 18 2013: Well said, and your post script put a smile on my face, Chris!

        How fascinating this is, to ask opinions about opinions!

        It takes a certain degree of intellect to recognize an opinion, and it takes a certain degree of honesty to share one.

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