TED Conversations

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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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    Nov 6 2013: I found TED when I was pondering the "deep" questions: what makes us happy or makes us suffer? Is emotional suffering real or something "only in our head"? How do we make choices? These questions are linked to some other questions: why do we believe what we believe? How do we know what we know? Is there free will? Do we really make choices or simply react to environment or act on previous experiences? In particular, how do we make moral choices? What do we consider as "good" or "bad" and why?

    TED has plenty of talks and conversations about these questions. The first one I watched was Sam Harris's talk about science helping us make moral choices. But should we use science to determine what we should do? Hmm... Then I watched Dan Dennett's talks about conscience - same problems. Are we aware of our own consciousness?

    I've been to forums full of people who call themselves "rational" who think they can answer these circular questions. Some people are so sure of THEIR answer that they consider themselves superior to people who look at things differently. So, when I asked some of these questions in those forums, I received insults and ridicule in return. TED is different. I posted a few comments and discovered that many people liked them and found many people who share my worldview. It's a rewarding experience. I also enjoy debating people whose views I find controversial - not to prove them wrong, but to expose the controversy. In most cases, on TED these discussions are civilized.

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