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    I was watching a TED talk the other day and one of the speakers said this:

    "If there is a question that affects human well-being, then it has an answer whether or not we can find that answer."

    And I was wondering what people here think of such a statement.


    Personally, I think it savours a bit of mysticism and I'm disinclined to think of it as a valid argument (as this gentleman was in his talk). But I don't want to let my opinion deter others from sharing theirs.

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    This is not the talk is it? http://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_...t_s_right.html (the first Google result)

    All questions have answers, but that doesn't mean those answers will be deeply satisfying.

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    Nothing just happens. There are processes involved, which is to say there is an explanation, though there may very well be an infinite regression of explanations. Never the less, I believe it makes the statement true.
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    The problem with TED talks is that after a while they all appear the same. I mean who can remember the last TED talk? The worst mistake you can make is to talk on TED, because you just become a TED talker - you loose you individuality. And worse no one listens to you because they are hooked on TED talks and only want to see the next one, and the next one.

    TED talks appeal to our vanity in that we think we are at the cutting edge, but really, TED talks are like peanuts - once we start, we can't stop.

    So watch the TED talks and become one of the cognoscenti.

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    Really Victor? I think you might be projecting your own experiences onto others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    Really Victor? I think you might be projecting your own experiences onto others.
    Why not deal with the issue, dear Catbert, rather than making me the issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Nothing just happens. There are processes involved, which is to say there is an explanation, though there may very well be an infinite regression of explanations. Never the less, I believe it makes the statement true.
    Hm. I can stand behind that definitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The problem with TED talks is that after a while they all appear the same. I mean who can remember the last TED talk? The worst mistake you can make is to talk on TED, because you just become a TED talker - you loose you individuality. And worse no one listens to you because they are hooked on TED talks and only want to see the next one, and the next one.

    TED talks appeal to our vanity in that we think we are at the cutting edge, but really, TED talks are like peanuts - once we start, we can't stop.

    So watch the TED talks and become one of the cognoscenti.
    I don't understand what this has to do with this thread.

    I can just remove everything about the "having heard it on TED talks" part. Would that make it better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegorystory View Post
    "If there is a question that affects human well-being, then it has an answer whether or not we can find that answer."

    And I was wondering what people here think of such a statement.
    Similar to "where there's a will there's a way", but specific to human well-being....

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    Ok, spin-off question:

    If we cannot find an "answer" is it really an answer? Is it our finding it and matching it to a question that makes it an answer?

    Kind of like "if a tree falls in a forest with no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?" but more Platonic.

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