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Is it possible to be too open-minded?

Is it possible to be too open-minded?

For me being open-minded means that you are receptive to new ideas, but also skeptical of everything. So you're weighing all the variables before making a choice based on those options. It's not really putting a trust on the information, but rather taking into account that a new perspective exists. To me I don't see a way of being too open-minded. It is possible, however, to be too accepting. That can lead to all sorts of issues .Personally I just have curiosity about things and a willingness to learn. I tend to talk to a lot of people while listening and asking questions.

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    Mar 19 2013: As always, the efficiency of a conversation is directly proportional to the participants all being on the same page with respect to definitions. I agree with your description of what constitutes open-mindedness. By way of amplification I believe there are times when open-mindedness is inappropriate. For example, let's say I invite investors to get-in on the ground floor of my venture to adapt a perpetual motion machine to a frictionless, 100% efficient generator for third-world applications. Prior knowledge tells even the most open-minded person that further consideration of the idea is folly. That person would not be quilty of refusing to be open-minded. Do you agree?
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      Mar 20 2013: I do agree with you. To have a great conversation both sides need to be on equal levels.

      There are times when that sort of thinking can be inappropriate, but what if you continue a discussion in the opposite direction? So taking your example, what if you try to continue the conversation by saying "Such a device cannot work. Here are the reasons why....." Other than that I do agree that no further consideration would be necessary and it would not be refusing to be open-minded.
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        Mar 20 2013: Sure, it is always good to be polite. My point is one should not pursue what one knows to be folly just for the sake pf being open-minded. I'm sure you've heard, "He is so open-minded his brain has fallen out!". Thank you!
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          Mar 20 2013: Right you are. I have wondered what draws the line and when that expression comes into play.

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