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    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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