What does it mean to be open-minded? There’s this assumption that to be open-minded, you must accept everything that comes your way. People always say, “Well, you’re not being open-minded.” But that’s illogical. Being open-minded means that you’re open to the possibility, but you have counter-evidence to contradict those claims. To those that say, “well, that’s just being closed-minded” is a fallacy. The clip below explains it better than I can:
Hopefully, we can gain more clarity and open-minded discussions in the world instead of falling on fallacies, hyperboles, and rhetoric.
Great post, and great clip. Seriously, I’ve tried explaining this concept to a lot of people when they attack me. I get “you’re close minded,” or “you’re intolerant” all the time.
I’ll acknowledge my accusers may be right every once in a while, but for the most part I don’t accept their non-evidence based opinion because I believe I have a valid counter argument.
As an atheist (or however it is you define yourself), I’m sure you get this a lot. Probably even from me.
As an independent conservative living in a Republican Party state, working in a liberal-minded field, and married to (and friends with) predominantly liberal friends, I catch my fair share of it from all angles.
I’m sure you do. It’s hard to make people understand what it means to be open-minded. To me, being open-minded doesn’t mean to accept something. It’s just the opposite: it means to be skeptical of things. I try to be skeptical of everything until I have a good reason to accept it. Granted, I’m not perfect (no one is), but I can admit that. I think the first stop to being open-minded is realizing that one could be wrong. It’s similar to Socrates: all I know is I know nothing.