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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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In ten words or less, what is a question no one (yet) knows the answer to?

Is there life outside of our planet?

What's a bigger factor in our development: environment or genetics?

Is there any real truth, or is everything relative?

What will the earth be like in 100 years?

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  • Dec 7 2011: It's why why why all the way down with no answer at the bottom.
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      Dec 9 2011: actual "why?" is not the ultimate question, because there are no further questions after the ultimate question, and the question after "Why?" is "Is there anything more?"
      • Dec 9 2011: James, I think the final answer would then be, "yes, there's more."
    • Dec 9 2011: What, why, how, who, where, when are not real. They are mental tools that we use to understand the world around us, much like a carpenter uses different tools to create a table so we use different questions and other mental tools to literally construct the world. Asking why a lot simply takes you to the edge of your world, but not to end of existence.
      • Dec 9 2011: Jan, I don't know what you mean by existence, but I do know what you mean about why being a mental construct, just like any other word. It's just hard when all you have are words.
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        Dec 9 2011: W5 is real enough for human intellect. We will not rest until we know it all. We are asking questions that are about the edge and beyond.

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