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  •  Anything we believe is a bias against alternatives (0+ / 0-)

    The way to get rid of the bias is to explore the alternatives and in fact many Americans are doing just that and proving that marriage equality, medical marijuana, climate change mediation, environmental protection regulations, corporate taxes and government are not all that terribly evil.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:08:32 AM PDT

    •  But how far does this go. (1+ / 0-)
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      Let's say as a child I believed what I was told about marijuana.

      Then when I finally actually TRY SOME and LEARN about it, I change my belief and now feel I am more correct.

      But how long is it "OK" to hold this attitude before "having" to alter "to get rid of the bias is to explore the alternatives"

      At some point we do KNOW what's what about certain things and to just change those 'beliefs" or "understandings" (2 entirely different cognitive activities) so we aren't 'seeming prejudiced"?

      Do I need to "not believe in global warming" for awhile before returning to what I understand?

      I get tired of these introspective attitude games.

      2 + 2 will always = 4.

      Marijuana does NOT kill anybody.

      97% of our best science indicated climate change is caused by A, B and CO2.

      There's no point in 'unbelieving' something other than you have little else to do and are bored.

      •  You want to be open minded but not gape jawed (0+ / 0-)

        If Freedom is a State of Being without Limits are you Free if you are free to do whatever you want? No. If doing what you don't want to do is a limit you need to be Free to do that also.

        When I suggest that beliefs introduce bias and that the solution is to be open to alternatives, what that really means is that what you know is what you do and if you want to know if you are doing the right thing maybe you should think about the consequences of doing something else instead.

        Climate Change mediation is a good example. Is the problem already insolvable? Then you need to consider cheating when you take the Kobayashi Maru and reprogram the test.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:43:58 AM PDT

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    •  Your definition of 'belief' needs an alternative (0+ / 0-)

      ...that can distinguish between beliefs and unexamined assumptions (also known as 'lazy thinking' and 'not thinking'.

      I am a leaf on the wind - i hover, twirl, float,
      Weightless, frictionless, I fly

      by chmood on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:03:47 AM PDT

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