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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 10 2013: Time.

    I do not like to think of my mind or opinions being in gears, perhaps a Continuously Variable Transmission. I have opinions and beliefs, but if I am closed minded when I have the opportunity to listen to those of others because my opinions are too strong, I have missed an opportunity to improve myself.

    I am not afraid to voice opinions or share thoughts...as conjecture. The trick in communication to convey both intent and relate you confidence in the statements without over-stating or otherwise misrepresenting the actual confidence level.

    There is a time and a place to speak only absolute truth or things that you are sure are correct, and they should be represented as such. However, there are also times to share thoughts, speculation, conjecture, and hypotheticals. By communicating this type of information, you may spur additional thoughts from others that can correct, add more information, or help you formulate your ideas.
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      May 15 2013: I liked the way you differentiated pure facts from "thoughts, speculation, conjecture, and hypotheticals".

      Thanks, Robert.

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