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Why do you come to TED conversations?

I have a secret to confess.

I have become increasingly addicted to TED talks. And only very recently have I discovered TED conversations, it's great.

Then I started reflecting- why do I do this? To get inspiration? To express my opinions or get comfort from recognition? To help people?
I hope my true intention is to want to learn new things.

So I'm curious and want to throw the question to the floor- Why do YOU leave comments at conversations?


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  • Oct 9 2013: Look at the content of mass media. It shows regularly only the Yang. TED conversations, with all agreement and disagreement, offers the Yin. One portrays a world of Division. The other Models Dialogue & Debate. We are fortunate.
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      Oct 9 2013: Interesting.
      But i have a question:Why the content offers the Yang and the conversations offer the Yin?
      • Oct 9 2013: I have the same question.Maybe he has a different understanding of Yin Yang.
        • Oct 10 2013: Pardon my western too-casual use of the Yin Yang. I'm too relaxed at times. I look around the media landscape and I see a dreadful lack of dialogue and true discussion which truly refines and refines the Question/Idea/Debate. I only really see Ego's projecting themselves loudly to be heard.

          The more I read and learn from TED Conversations, as well as other forums off and on line, I experience the very opposite of the madness which IS the Media Industrial Complex. I see people indeed wanting to be heard. But, I also see true enquiry. True dialogue. This is evidenced by both of your comments seeking clarification on what I meant in my original comment.

          I hope I've helped and not complicated the matter :-)
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      Oct 9 2013: I understand you, Scott. Where Yang represents the skewed positives, the freaks, if you like. And Yin represents the more realistic whole picture, which only the sensible queries.

      Your idea ties in greatly with this talk, where you'll realise it's not just the media that does this. Yijia and kevin, you may be interested (subtitles available in chinese if you click on the lower right):
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        Oct 12 2013: In the traditional Chinese philosophy,we view the Yin and the Yang antithetical elements.The Yang literally means "sun" in Chinese,and the Yin"dark".For example,the Yang the male,the Yin the female;the sky, the ground;the move,the still.
        "LAOZI"(a book,and the it's name is also the writer's name,LAOZI is a famous philosopher in ancient China) once describe the Yin and Yang "the both "qi"s,the YIn and Yang,come together,and form the world".
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        Oct 12 2013: I guess that's another topic.

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