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What makes TED truly international?

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    Sep 4 2013: Speakers, visitors, and contributors from more than one nation cause TED to be truly international.
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      Sep 4 2013: If put literally then I would agree to that.But are we truly international in spirit?
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        Sep 4 2013: I keep telling myself to stop making assumptions but here I have done it again. I assumed you considered TED to be an international undertaking and were asking what it is that makes it so. Now I see you are questioning if TED is international "in spirit". I apologize for responding to a question you did not ask. Perhaps you could edit your wording to include, and explain, the concept of "in spirit". Be well sir.
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        Sep 5 2013: RE: "Sorry for the misinterpretation. . . ". I surmise from reading your comments herein that you view TED as having an innate lack of diversity awareness particularly regarding Islam. Is that what you mean by the phrase, "in spirit"? If that is the question you wish to ask, again, I suggest you word it more precisely, i.e. "Is TED biased against Islam?". I have nothing to contribute to that specific topic.
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          Sep 5 2013: Ok now I don't understand what you're saying here.Why is Islam suddenly in the equation? Let me rephrase, do you find the TED members open to new ideas particularly when it comes to sensitive issues? :)
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        Sep 5 2013: I think Edward is trying to get you to articulate more clearly your position on whether participants in TED are actually open to each others ideas.

        To most or many respondents, you pose the question of whether people are open enough and in that do give the impression that you personally doubt that others are truly open to ideas, maybe to specific ones. Those who have replied seem pretty consistent in saying people here ARE open to each other's ideas, regardless of nationality.

        Edward is trying to figure out, since you mentioned religion, whether you personally are thinking TED members are not open to the ideas of specific religions- whether that is the particular area in which you would hope people here would reconsider their views.
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          Sep 5 2013: I did say religion but it was just an example to many other sensitive topics.I just want to know people's views of the degree of openness among TED members.
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        Sep 5 2013: RE: "Ok now I don't understand...". I concluded from your comments herein that you have a specific issue you hope to understand better. It is incumbent upon you to be candid, crisp, and relevant in your comments and questions. Please feel sufficiently secure to say what your issue is. My surmising and assuming is getting us nowhere. Thank you for your patience and for your concern for TED. Be well sir.
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          Sep 5 2013: I want to know if you feel the TED members are open to new ideas when it is related to sensitive issues or not.It is just a matter of opinions.Thank you. :)
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        Sep 9 2013: Basically all individuals need: food; water; air; comfort. After that comes confusion about why we are alive in the first place: why are we here; where did we come from; what is our goal in life.

        Comfort embraces a multitude of things like clothing, shelter, entertainment, perspective on why we continue to survive.

        Culture is a mixture of these things: why we eat certain foods and prefer the to taste a certain way, why we pray or practice a ritual(s). We breathe air the same, drink water the same and have the same need for food. How we go about seeking comfort is the defining element of culture.

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