Do you have an open mind?

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Do you have an open mind?

Yes I do
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No I don't
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I'm undecided
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Do you have an open mind?

Postby Philosophy Explorer » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:00 pm

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.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby wtf » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:49 am

Yes, things fall out faster than I can put them back in.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby Philosophy Explorer » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:54 am

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.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby ken » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:47 am

"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.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby Skip » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:01 am

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.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby Vendetta » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:50 pm

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.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby Walker » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:03 pm

I thought it meant consideration of all ideas.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby Arising_uk » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:13 pm

Ooo! Look!! We agree!!! Although I'd add an 'open mind' also means a willingness to change it as well.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby osgart » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:34 am

you can't be open minded to everything. but yes as long as their is basis, I do it.

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby ken » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:34 am

osgart wrote:you can't be open minded to everything. but yes as long as their is basis, I do it.


I agree that 'you' can not be open to everything, but 'I' am open to everything. Are 'you' open to this fact?

If not, why not?

Will your answer further show and prove WHY the 'you' is not open to everything, and will you prove that the 'you' actually does not "do it", as you like to put it? The 'it' was referring to 'being open to everything', right?

Will your responses here show that the first part of your sentence is absolutely true, which actually absolutely refutes the last part of your sentence? Can a 'person' really be open to everything and be biased at the same time?

While you will be proving how the 'you' can not be open to everything, I will be showing how the 'I' IS open to everything? (This is not necessarily for present generations to notice and understand now, but for future generations to oneday see and understand.)

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Re: Do you have an open mind?

Postby osgart » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:43 am

are you saying everyone is open to everything? in the sense that we are subjected to everything I agree. acceptance however is a matter of choice


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