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  •  :) And I hope sometimes, (3+ / 0-)
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    it's because someone has written something challenging enough to make you think twice about what you're sure is right.  That doesn't happen all the time, or even often, but when it does, I welcome it.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:06:13 PM PST

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    •  Sometimes, but I flatter myself in thinking that (0+ / 0-)

      I'm just not that into my previously held convictions.  JK! I'm probably just as convinced as everybody else here that what I think right now is the god's honest truth.  But I do think I am unusually open (at least compared to the worl population) to re-evaluating my beliefs in light of new evidence.

      Some of my favorite quotes:

      We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible.  You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.
      -    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

      Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
      -    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1878

      Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.
      -    Felix Cohen

      Not... what opinions are held, but... how they are held:  instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
      -    Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays, 1950

      Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
      -    Laurens van der Post

      Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
      -    Bertrand Russell

      When the facts change, I change my mind.  What do you do sir?
      -    John Maynard Keynes, on being harassed for refuting an economic theory he’d once endorsed.

      -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

      What is the sound of one hand clapping? Just listen!

      There are no luggage racks on hearses.

      by 84thProblem on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:21:51 PM PST

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