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Cody Kempema

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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 20 2013: Generally when a person says they are open minded I find them to be anything but. It is a mask...

    I have more respect for someone who says they are a critical thinker or embrace logic or the scientific method or they LOOK.
    • Mar 22 2013: A mask for what? (I'm really curious...not a defensive tone here...)

      Maybe the definition of open-mindedness needs to include being able to observe without judgement (that is my understanding of the scientific method)
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        Mar 23 2013: In my experience open-minded people do not have to state it.

        I might add that the only transgression one can commit in today's culture is that of having an opinion or to assign some value to something, since this is construed to be prejudice, one will be shunned for such a heinous act. This trains people to be "opened minded".
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          Mar 23 2013: I have made the same observation- that those who call themselves open-minded or for that matter talk about their intellect often do not stand out in either way from the content of their words or actions.

          Open-mindedness is only about an interest in seeking and considering new ideas or reconsidering old ones. Considering means testing those ideas for their possible value or validity rather than accepting all ideas as correct or as generative.

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