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Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:00 pm
by Philosophy Explorer
I always try to be fair-minded, but that's not the same thing.

Were you always open- or close-minded or did you change in midstream, perhaps several times? If open-minded, what do you do to maintain that state?

A poll should be revealing.

PhilX

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:49 am
by wtf
Yes, things fall out faster than I can put them back in.

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:54 am
by Philosophy Explorer
wtf wrote:Yes, things fall out faster than I can put them back in.


Don't leave it open or you will lose your mind.

PhilX

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:47 am
by ken
"Do you have an open mind?" is a very open-ended question. This is because the definition of 'mind' is not generally accepted nor even known by most people. Just ask the question, "What is the 'mind'?" and see how many differing and conflicting answers you get.

What you mean by 'mind' could be very different to what I, for example, mean by 'mind'. Your question is a bit like asking, "Does God exist?" without ever stipulating what is meant by 'God' first. How an individual defines 'Mind' or 'God' has huge influence if one has an open mind or not, of if God exists or not, for example.

Of course what is generally accepted as an 'open mind' is known, but if a person is really open, then they would wonder, and thus question, "What is the 'mind' really, and how does a person have one or not?

Now, My answer to your question is there is a Mind, which is always open by the way, whether a person uses that or not is another matter.

To Me, people can either look at things from a truly open (and objective) perspective or from a truly closed (and subjective) perspective, or from anywhere in between.

A person can look from either the (truly open) Mind or look from the brain, or they can look from both. How this is possible is seen and known after discovering and/or learning how the Mind and the brain actually work.

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:01 am
by Skip
I'm old enough to have a pretty nearly complete stable. I trade a horse only after grave and careful considerations; I let none escape or be eaten by wolves, and I corral a new mustang only rarely, if he's worth the effort.

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:50 pm
by Vendetta
Open-mindedness is harder than it looks, as it isn't just being accepting of all ideas, but it's being accepting of ALL ideas. This means that even when someone proposes something wildly unethical and absurd, you are still able to withhold judgement and objectively consider what their stance is and why they may have come to that conclusion. This is hard for most people to do, as when once holds a strong stance on something, it is difficult to stop and consider why one may disagree.
Of course, this doesn't mean that you have to agree with them.
I think this is crucial in philosophy, as in order for us to get somewhere, we have to view problems from all possible angles.
You need to bring in the person that thinks that women are the scum of the earth, as well as the one who believes they are the foundation upon which it runs.
Remember. It is not you versus eachother, but both of you versus the issue.

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:03 pm
by Walker
I thought it meant consideration of all ideas.

Re: Do you have an open mind?

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:13 pm
by Arising_uk
Ooo! Look!! We agree!!! Although I'd add an 'open mind' also means a willingness to change it as well.