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Kathleen Wade

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What turns a "paranoid" into a "prophet"?

Whether an idea or belief appears to be far left, far right or far out, when part or all of it becomes truth does your opinion shift from conspiracy theory to prophet?
How much change in reality does it take? A bit, some, all?
I would like to explore what it takes to create a belief system in something that you began by disbelieving. How much is enough statistical evidence to make your mind shift gears? Or do you find once your mind is made up that no amount of evidence changes your life beliefs?

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    May 9 2013: I think that Malcolm Gladwell idea of a "tipping point" is useful.

    At first I might reject an idea, but I might then gradually think about it in new ways.

    At some point it captures my fuller attention and I ponder it frequently.

    The, suddenly, it becomes MY idea ... and I've "tipped" from one side of the fence to the other.
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      May 10 2013: Bob - how logical!
      I think we should always be willing to change - to grow. How that happens and what makes it happen seems to be different for us all.
      How it is presented doesn't matter as much to me, who says it doesn't always count - but the idea that it becomes "mine" that is a truth.
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        May 10 2013: That's exactly how it feels to me, Kathleen ... when it becomes "mine", I consider it to be "truth".

        That begs the question I guess I must always ask myself ... "Do I love the idea merely because it's mine, or would I call it "truthful" even if I disagreed with the logical consequences of it."

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