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Old 03-22-2009, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Has anybody ever changed your mind?

Yes.

Since I don't yet know everything about everything and am therefore not yet able to actually see everything with thorough objectivity, I let others do some of the work for me by learning as much as they want to about the subjects that interest them. I do the same about the subjects that interest me.

Then we teach each other what we know, one of the most fun reasons why humans are social animals. While others are teaching me, I am learning. As I learn, I can then find parameters, draw much more realistic conclusions, and when appropraite change my mind.

I look forward to a lifetime of learning like this!
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:19 AM
 
Location: California
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Default Has anybody ever changed your mind?

Nope but I do enjoy reading others opinions.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: southern california
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absolutely. i am grateful for the many posters on cdf, esp relationships. my adversaries help me grow the most, not my friends.

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I used to be so far left that I was the only one out there and now I'm a very conservative guy who believes in god, I never used to.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Back in New York
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I love learning new things. My mind has changed on many topics through the years. As I have gotten older the less I have changed since I know more about who I am and what I believe. I am extremely confident in my opinions but I still love to hear how other ppl think and why.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Face to face? Occasionally.
On a forum like this? Never. Mostly because an awful lot of posters will have a well reasoned and presented argument and then throw in a gratuitous insult. Systems then shut down.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Seabrook, New Hampshire
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Libertarians have changed my mind or my viewpoint on, "Abortion, Illegal Immigration, Gay Marriage...., Politics, War..., Death Penalty." More importantly, I've gained respect for those who listen, and lost respect for those who are unwilling to reconsider a position.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Not in this forum, Politics and Employment, never in any healthcare thread.

Yes in Parenting, Pets, and Personal Finance.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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In all the debates you've engaged in throughout your life....has anybody ever profoundly changed your mind on a subject?

Common debates are: Abortion, Illegal Immigration, Gay Marriage, Religion, Politics, War, Animal Rights, Death Penalty, etc. As a result of a debate, was your view/perspective/stance significantly altered in any of these areas?

I have to honestly say, no. Nobody has ever really been able to change my mind as a result of a debate. So this leads me to wonder if debate actually accomplishes anything other than giving us an arena to express our opinions?

What say you?
To an extent debates/listening to both sides of an issue clarified my beliefs.

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Old 03-25-2009, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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In all the debates you've engaged in throughout your life....has anybody ever profoundly changed your mind on a subject?

Common debates are: Abortion, Illegal Immigration, Gay Marriage, Religion, Politics, War, Animal Rights, Death Penalty, etc. As a result of a debate, was your view/perspective/stance significantly altered in any of these areas?

I have to honestly say, no. Nobody has ever really been able to change my mind as a result of a debate. So this leads me to wonder if debate actually accomplishes anything other than giving us an arena to express our opinions?

What say you?


Oh many things. You live and learn.
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