Changing Your Mind

I’m not a great one for new year resolutions. I prefer to set goals at odd times of the year and maybe recommit or check my progress at this time when so many will set new resolutions that may fall by the wayside. I do like to reassess though what I think I’m doing and re check the things that I believe.

So I’ve been quite absorbed by various individual essays over at edge.org concerning the question: what have you changed your mind about and why? which makes a fascinating read and is still being added to.

Alan Alda states that he’s changed his mind about God twice, whilst Brian Eno has lost faith in the old notion of ideology politics and revolution and now sees political change occurring in very small evolutionary steps.

I was also interested in Esther Dyson’s change of mind over on-line privacy and Tim O’Reilly getting over his skepticism of social networking software and Douglas Rushkoff’s disappointment over the Internet.

Often a change of mind happens very slowly as experience (or even ill interpreted prejudice) informs you and contributes to your own belief systems.
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2 thoughts on “Changing Your Mind

  1. Being able to change one’s mind in the face of evidence is a mark of a mature mind. We change our minds all the time but hardly notice this for the smaller things of life. It is only in the big things that we perceive the collision between established belief and compelling new evidence to be a problem. It may require courage to admit one has been wrong and to embrace a new viewpoint but it is necessary to do this if humanity in general, and we individually, are to progress from ignorance to understanding.

    To cling to untenable beliefs, priding oneself on one’s “faith”, is immoral, in my view. It is also useless because the truth will always emerge eventually.

  2. Hi SilverTiger -Interestingly Richard Dawkins is in there having changed his mind over ‘flip flopping’ politicians though there are plenty of assertions by equally very intelligent people that still make me go ‘hmmm, not sure about that one’.It does take a lot of confidence, especially in politics to admit that minds have been changed and previous assertions were in error.

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