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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 18 2013: At the moment I am convinced, that opinion is part of the way the brain processes incoming information from your senses. And like seemingly always it is a gradual process. When you learn a information for the first time, this information becomes your opinion(a very fragile, wavering opinion), in time you gather more information concerning that topic (confirming your opinion) and you start to sort by what fits your existing believes (forming a world of opinions inside your head) or by what seems to make more sense judging from past experiences (to mention instinct). Hence to me an opinion is already there, you don't have to willingly decide to have an opinion on a topic, because also not choosing one side(to remain without opinion) is an opinion on that matter. In the end as I already stated on one of those 91 other comments I do not believe in ultimate truth, thus building my life and the way I think on opinions I am very fond of believing, knowing all the time that they are as true as they are false.

    I would looove to visit Japan in my future!

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