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What do we all have in common here at TED?

I can't think of any types of answers that I would find most helpful to this simple question. Ha, I'm not expecting simple answers like a nose.

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    Jul 27 2013: We all have access to a computer; we all want to be part, actively or passively, of the free exchange of ideas and opinions; we all live in a nation where the Internet is not regulated out of usefulness; we all find the popular culture lacking in terms of serious involvement in the problems some, or all, of us are facing as individuals, communities, or nations; we all ,with occasional glaring exceptions, are outliers on the bell-curve of apathy and ignorance; and we all like to see our thoughts in print and evaluated by others.
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    Jul 30 2013: Hi again, Vincent.

    A simplistic answer:
    - we belong to the group of privileged, roughly 40% of the world's population with an intrnet connection and a personal computer or access to it;
    - we have time to utilize the above
    - maybe not all of us have noses, as you mention in your conversation?
    - we know English, we know how to read and write which again, makes us privileged. I don't have any statistical data to support that claim

    A deeper answer:
    - we share a hunger for knowledge, love of learning, audacity to ask questions and propose ideas
    - we think beyond everyday practicalities and pleasures, we explore intellectually, we are curious
    - we believe in inclusiveness, exchange of ideas and thoughts across borders and dialogue

    Let me know if I got something wrong.
  • Jul 29 2013: CURIOSITY.....i think that is the main thing common in all of us.we want to know,want to understand,and get rid of our confusions.
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    Aug 3 2013: Thanks for the replies. I'm starting to get to know most of ya'll here and would like to say I can't stand most of ya'll.
    Well, if that was true, I wouldn't come here.

    Yep, soon to change name again, same face though always.
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    Jul 29 2013: We are all humans, sharing this earth, and sharing many of the same emotions. That could feel either simple or complex....depending on how we choose to perceive it:>)
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      Aug 2 2013: Thanks Colleen. Do we really have a choice though? I guess so. We do have the ability to lie to ourselves to perceive it differently.
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        Aug 2 2013: Victor, you look a lot like Vincent D.....guess you did a name change!

        Your question is: "What do we all have in common here at TED?", which I answered.

        Your new question..." Do we really have a choice though"

        Yes, we have a choice regarding whether or not we want to participate on TED.
        Yes, we have the ability to lie to ourselves, AND we have the ability and choice to perceive things differently.

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        Regarding comment below.
        Victor/Vincent
        We all have a choice to make a difference where it is needed.
        Yes, we all experience many of the same emotions.
        I am sorry that you do not perceive a choice. I see choices with most life experiences.
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          Aug 3 2013: Colleen Colleen... as a social worker, if I understood correctly, you do have a choice to make a difference where is mostly needed. Do the right thing with the position you are in. I'm not saying you are failing on your part here. I would like to think and trust that you are doing the best in every case individually. Every case is different and unique. This is not how the law sees it.

          I was referring to emotions in that question as you stated we all have similar emotions. What I wrote above is very complex and I don't have much of a choice, that's the problem. There is no choice and it is "just the way it is". That's the simple and easy perceive but it comes with a bad long term cost.
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        Aug 2 2013: You really have a choice. You can change your name. I have no choice but to address you in your new name. :)
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          Aug 3 2013: Man, I'd buy you a beer on that one with my last dollar. Maybe one day as technology improves I can buy you one without psychically being there. If ya don't drink beer then a coffee or something ;)
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        Aug 3 2013: I drink beer. Make it Budweiser. :)
  • Jul 27 2013: We can all read.

    We all have enough leisure time to spend reading TED conversations.

    We are probably all attracted by the positive side of TED, putting good ideas forward.

    We all have access to the internet.
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    Jul 27 2013: Everyone, I think, who remains a part of the community after seeing what it is all about is interested in thoughtful consideration of ideas and issues. That doesn't necessarily mean that every person is open-minded about all issues, but almost everyone is interested in learning how other people think even about the issues that person has resolved definitively for himself.

    I qualify by saying those who remain part of the community, because anywhere on the internet people may try a community for awhile and then realize it is not a good fit for their interests or preferred ways of interacting with people.
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      Aug 3 2013: You have to realize this will take a while for me to even come close to digesting. I think my brain just destructed and constructed simultaneously, LOL. I'm a slow learner in this field of spirit stuff, interesting however.
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    Jul 29 2013: Jokingly: Fingers, a voice-activated typing software/hardware, a personal assistant to type or talk for us, or perhaps a software/hardware (camera needed) to translate blinks to letters.

    More seriously: I'm not sure about other people, but I have a love of learning and debating, so it translates well here. I'd say many people on TED have an affinity for learning.


    P.S. Thanks for mentioning the nose as a simple answer because I don't have one. I was just forgetting and then remembered the fire... the fire that burnt the cartilage and singed my holes—nose holes mind you— shut.

    Sorry that was a weird guy that threw me off my chair and then typed that... named Kai!!!!

    I think I need to get more sleep.
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      Jul 29 2013: No one sleeps much anymore, dude get with the program and bite into an energy bar. If you are Kai then Kai!!!! could be your forth son/daughter, eh? You and Pabitra should be better parents ;) Should I provide some links for the two of you? HA!
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    Jul 28 2013: A lot of time before the computer screen.
    [If you are confused to see this comment previously in another name - he is my son :) He was logged on in facebook in my laptop when I wrote this and I didn't check it.]
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    Jul 28 2013: The unregulated use of the internet has opened up a world of wonderfully inquisitive minds such as TED members we would not have access too. The Questions and comments posted by TED members affords us the opportunity of participating in thoughtful conversations that speak to a host of issues, ideas and views with substance.
  • Jul 28 2013: TED is an open platform of internet for us who are curious about the world,trying to learn more from each other,to show what do we think of those ideas,questions,debatings from individual thinking...
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      Jul 28 2013: If the last is a question, sure. Write whatever you like. Run around naked if you wanna :) lol It is defiantly in your character, Deepak. However, I do believe there is a time and place for it. I have no problem here.
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          Jul 29 2013: Very spiritual, Deepak. Why 84 and what difference does the numbers make? Does this relate to being like a tool and called upon when needed in this world or ...?
  • Jul 28 2013: I think most of us, TED citizens, want to find a certain solution for themselves. We attend at TED for very various reasons. I log-in TED everyday since I love talks which suggest me a lot of lessons for my lifes in a useful way. I got impressed and inspired. And this makes me live more vividly!
  • Jul 27 2013: internet access - 8>))
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    Jul 27 2013: click "edit" to add more time to your conversation you're down to 18 hours now.