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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 26 2013: I believe opinions are formed due to lack in knowledge on any given subject. I have to agree with Jacque Fresco in that we, as in all humans, use a language that is subject to interpretation. I don't believe opinions would really ever occur if everyone had a uniform language. Even on information we don't have yet. As Fresco states when an engineer puts a design up on the wall and says this is how this is formed. Another engineer won't say, well in my opinion it should go like this. The other engineer will offer either a valid or invalid alternative to which they use factual evidence to supply what is best for the design.

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