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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 29 2013: opinions are just experiences condensed unto the limit of expressing them in words.

    if i have an opinion about someone - long hairs, cute chin, cat eyes - i have something in my memory to compare them with.

    if i have opinions about country and its politics, it is again from my memory of the government's contribution and negligence.

    opinions are not formed. it is more of a phenomenon to have an opinion. it is resultant of past experiences.

    now to try and form opinions about your questions:

    What is it that makes us form an opinion? the desire to express. until it is expressed, an opinion is just a point of view. when that point comes in public, it is called an opinion.

    Is it something we do through choice? yes. we choose to provide opinions for various reasons.

    On what level of consciousness are opinions formed? in the conscious level. subconscious and super conscious have no use of your opinions. subconscious brain learns through habit and super conscious brain is just energy. so forming views and expressing them as opinions is a purely conscious process.

    Perhaps its the sharing with others that makes us opinionated? absolutely. an opinion comes into existance when it is shared with others. within the limits of our mind, that view is called many things. but when expressed witht he intent to make heard, it becomes opinion.

    How we make our identity? this is a pretty much different question. identity is subject to identification with he surroundings, people around, associating, forming clusters of social units, etc. an identity is more of a definition of a person in social terms. after the identity formation is complete, one may start expressing opinions from past experience or points of views.

    hope it helped. :)

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