Thank you for your answers and warm words of welcome! This helps a lot! I also started reading through some of the discussions here, but I probably won’t be leaping for quite some time.
This seems like a good method indeed! Do you have any specific scale or method of measurement for goodness? Because I can never decide what’s good or bad. When someone tells me their opinion, it almost always makes sense and what they say seems valid. Only in rare cases there are obvious contradictions like a is always b, but a is never b. Does having more arguments make something a better opinion? Or having more supporters?
Thank you for those questions, they got me thinking! I’m not sure. I have never really had a fight except for basic things like “Who’s pencil is this?”. And I never win those fights.
I’m not sure whether I adopt their opinions or just never had one in the first place or if I believe them all. After speaking with someone who believes vaccines are harmful it just feels plausible, his arguments seem valid though some are a matter of fact and some of values. But I have heard many arguments pro vaccines so I don’t know. Can you believe that something is harmful and harmless at the same time?
I turned 18 earlier this year and I will finish school in spring next year. I have read the απολογια of Platon with Sokrates in it. What else would you recommend? To me it seems he is asking a lot of questions. I will definitely ask more questions in the future when I’m listening to someone’s opinion, thank you! It never occurred to me before to do this intentionally, do you have any special method of thinking of questions? I always ask how someone knows what he says, but I have no scale of accuracy for different paths to knowledge.
Thank you for those questions! How do I best decide what is important and what is not? Is an argument that is mentioned frequently more important than one that is not? Or did I misunderstand the importance?
I hope I caught the right board and attitude for this thread. I always lurk before I leap and I apologize if I posted this in the wrong place. I read some personal threads here, so I thought this belongs here. The BBQ seems very interesting, I have to admit that I mostly read IMHO and Great Debates.
Thank you! This is great because I’ve been attracted to those two right from the start, seems like I’ve been reading in the right places
I really enjoyed George Orwell, I binge read everything he wrote. His collected essays were sometimes a little out of my time, especially the one about cool mining, but I enjoyed them, too. Will definitely catch up on the World Wars and I’m glad I’ve found another person who enjoys Wiki hopping.
Is Wikipedia always accurate? Because most of the people around me seem to disagree with a lot of things on there.
This person actually admires me for being so open-minded. It just doesn’t feel honest because those opinions I state don’t mean anything to me. I wish to really believe in my opinion and therefore be truly open-minded when I change my opinion. I don’t know if that makes any sense. Thank you for your advice!
@Mean Mr. Mustard
Thank you for telling me, I thought it simply meant having opinions on questions. Maybe the word I’m looking for is the opposite of detached or a yeasayer. None of these seem to fit perfectly.
You made me smile, thank you! This reminds me that I still have to decide my career path. Though I think almost everyone in my life would disapprove of me becoming a taxi driver. I value your humorous opinion and will keep it in mind!
I just want to be able to make my decisions on the basis of some moral or scale or something. Thank you for understanding me. If it comes with time, I am probably just a little behind.
If there is a truth, I would very much like to know it, but I have heard different opinions about whether there is a truth or not, or there are multiple truths. No one seems to agree. But I would be content just having a system to base my decisions on. Mine has been a mixture of “flip a coin”, “do what the most people tell you” and “do what people you are closest related to tell you”. It served me well, but after talking to this new friend, I want to actually have an opinion.
I just finished ‘The Complete Robot’ by Asimov, it was very interesting. Is there anything in particular I should read from him? I am probably going to read all of his works, but I could put a rush on it. And thank you for the other authors, I added them onto my list.
The religion of my environment is Christianity. People have very different opinions on it. Even those who are Christians seem to not agree on many things. But I will read more about religions. I am very ignorant about the topic.
I have been asking myself those questions and I think it will take me a long time to answer them. I just can’t decide. I am looking forward to finding those truths, I think I just need to think about it long enough. I will not forget your opinion and your advice, thank you!
Will I know when I truly believe something? Is it different for everyone? Is there a particular emotion connected to it? And what is the difference between a fact and an opinion?
(I’m sorry if I am doing this wrong, I tried to think of some questions because this seemed like a good opportunity to try some advice.)
And you sound a little like her. So just ignore this question if you think it’s inappropriate. Would you rather have a person tell you that they don’t really have an opinion on a topic, but know some opinions they can talk about? Or have them argue for one opinion?
(Short answer because I’m running out of time )
It was in April A trouble some time full of decisions is coming closer and closer.
I would guess that is because most people have an opinion, so they probably don’t need to think about it.
And thank you for getting me all excited, I love to collect opinions. How do you decide if an opinion is noise? Do you mean opinions where the person doesn’t tell you any arguments?
(Tries memorizing those sentences) This is great, thank you so much! Most of the later questions I have used before, but it’s great to have it all in one place!
(This makes me think of “Errare humanum est” or something close to that) I hope that I will soon discover some truths!