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Oen-mindedness Should Be Tied To One's Approach With Evidence

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Posted by Harvey on January 24, 2002 19:31:27 UTC

The reason is that if we tie it to one's beliefs (or 'the facts' as you say), then this only perpetuates the problem. Close-minded people generally think they have accepted the facts.

An open-minded person on a particular issue may feel strongly that their position is correct (sharing this quality with the close-minded individual), except the open-minded person is more able to change their mind. How is that possible? The only way I see it is possible is their approach to evidence. An open-minded person can review evidence and feel a strong need to account for discrepancies where they might exist.

If the discrepancies do not jive with their account, then an open-minded individual will see the necessity in changing or completely revising their account that explains the facts. Close-minded people generally never go about this change and they are known for not looking at the evidence with a sense of respect and with an impetus for consistency (e.g., creationists who constantly twist the evidence in a very inconsistent manner).

This is why I think you are being close-minded at times. You are not willing to respond to all of the inconsistencies but instead just write off the argument by being silent (and only later repeating the same old argument), or by simply making some dogmatic stance (e.g. "that paper is not worth the paper it is written on"). These are attributes of close-mindedness.

Warm regards, Harv

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