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  •  We will never (none)
    know if liberals are more informed -- not possible to verify or refute.  I know a lot of honest conservatives who have open minds -- and quite a few liberals with closed ones.

    I hear the claim that "we are more open to a variety of information" a lot from my liberal friends.  I find it condescending, i.e. "you are a conservative, ergo you are close minded" and the close corollary "I am morally superior to you"

    Just be careful not to slip into that mindset if you want to have an open discussion.

    •  Proof in pudding (none)
      Just about every claim leading up to the war was refuted if you looked for them. Yet there was this constant drum beat of "You hate America or Troops." Still we argued with facts.

      I argued with friends of mine constantly about the refuted claims but was shut down in the process. These were very bright people who simply would not believe that they were being mislead. One still refuses. And the other one has admitted I was right but won't give me credit because I "was right for the wrong reasons."

      •  Dang. (none)
        You beat me to this one.

        I can only answer from my experience, and from some demographical information.

        But sure, there's closed minded liberals, but I see a lot more closed minded, incurious conservatives. People leaning to the left tend to be more curious. I'd say there's more Liberals willing to think for themselves than conservatives.

        But, that doesn't mean that every conservative I meet is an idiot.  But I do see more conservatives come to this board asking to be pointed to articles than I do liberals going to a conservative board to do the same thing.

        I'm sure it does happen, just I haven't seen it.

    •  it's not a mindset, necessarily (none)
      It could just be an observation, based in fact.  But it's very hard to tell.

      So we need more rigor in this entire debate.  For instance, a scientific study of conservatives to see if they're closed minded due to genetics or environmental factors like pollution.

      Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others. Groucho Marx

      by markymarx on Wed May 25, 2005 at 03:59:00 PM PDT

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