Faith and doubt, last night in the TED office

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Why do we believe the things we believe? Last night's event in the TED office explored this theme. Photo: Ryan Lash Why do we believe the things we believe? Last night’s event in the TED office explored this theme. Photo: Ryan Lash

Beliefs run deep, influencing not just whether we follow a religion but also the choices we make about every aspect of our lives. Belief is something we at TED think a lot about, and last night we held a session in our office dedicated to exploring what we believe and why we believe it. The evening was hosted by TEDx Talks manager David Webber and co-curated with TEDx staffer Simon Marcus.

The night began with Ruth Chang, a philosophy professor at Rutgers University, talking about what makes a choice easy or hard. In an easy choice, one option is clearly more desirable; on the other hand, “Hard choices are hard because there’s no best option,” she said. In a hard choice—be it about a job or where to…

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