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Madamec8  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 890)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:51 PM


Question: How do you learn anything if you only hang out with those who agree with you?

Speaking for myself ... in the last 3 years I have learned as much if not more than I had the past 2 decades. I connected with a person whose life's experiences and beliefs were beyond any of mine. Some of my beliefs weren't really my own, rather regurgitated 'stuff'' from others. This learning took a lot of work, it doesn't come easy, but it has enriched my thinking and taken it to a new level. I'm not finished learning, however, I'm only 67 you know

1mks  (Level: 208.3 - Posts: 5866)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:04 PM

I sincerely hope that I continue to learn something every day. I think that is important. I don't feel so set in my ways that I don't feel as if I can't change. I do have strong beliefs about some things but I have also found that I have changed some of those over my lifetime. Everyone can broaden their horizons in some way..........

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.1 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:12 PM

From what I learned in psychology classes in college, two factors play heavily in this situation. One is that people who strongly believe something will find it difficult, if not impossible to see that which does not fit their paradigm. Second, those who want to believe something will clearly see that which supports their belief. They sound the same, at least similar, but there are differences. One relates heavily to those pushing an agenda. The other related to those who have questions about their beliefs, but are searching for things that provide confirmation, such as like minded people. In other word, it creates groups of bullies, cheerleaders and wannabes who all try to convert all around them to validate their assumptions.

Madamec8  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 890)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:32 PM

Interesting, Steve ... along that line, and for what it's worth, I have a couple of quotes in my 'signature' file:

Refusal to be guided by facts instead of prejudice, refusal to become informed instead of remaining willfully ignorant, refusal to learn, to admit error, to correct mistakes, together with fervent insistence on the righteousness of your own unexamined beliefs while blaming and demonizing those who do not share them, are the hallmarks of an extreme bigot.

"Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” attributed to several authors

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