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My opinions on anything are the best and I dare you refute this statement.



 

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I have a PS3 so me and other 49,182,124 dudes are superior to everyone else.



sapphi_snake said:

What sort of beleifs are we talking about? Political? Religious? Video games? You're being very vague?


Any belief. Sorry for the vagueness.

And for those that say their beliefs aren't the best: Why can't you change them to make them the best? 



RCTjunkie said:
sapphi_snake said:

What sort of beleifs are we talking about? Political? Religious? Video games? You're being very vague?


Any belief. Sorry for the vagueness.

And for those that say their beliefs aren't the best: Why can't you change them to make them the best? 

In that case, except a few exceptions I'm willing to change all my views, if proven to be wrong, or better options are presented.



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RCTjunkie said:
sapphi_snake said:

What sort of beleifs are we talking about? Political? Religious? Video games? You're being very vague?


Any belief. Sorry for the vagueness.

And for those that say their beliefs aren't the best: Why can't you change them to make them the best? 


You can't have the best beliefs without all of the information, which nobody is ever going to get.

Personally I believe some of my beliefs are very good because they are based on emperical evidence.



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The best beliefs are founded on science, reasoning and critical thinking. Anything based on religion is total and utter trash. I am not saying people can't have religion, but keep it out of world politics and any type of desicion making that involves people other than yourself. 



I don't think my beliefs are the best, I think they are the best that I am aware of. Which is simply logical, if I was aware of a better set of beliefs I would adopt those. Which is why I try to read, study and learn as much as possible. I don't believe the same things today that I did a year ago, and certainly not ten years ago. And I hope that in ten years my beliefs will be superior to the ones I have now.

 

One shouldn't insist that one's beliefs are the best, they should insist on testing their beliefs against those around them, and those that came before them. If your belief is found to stand on better reason, logic and data then move on and find one that has better reason, logic and data, adopt that and keep going. It's the evolution of ideas, where the strong conquer the weak, and the information age is rapidly speeding this process up.



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The_vagabond7 said:

I don't think my beliefs are the best, I think they are the best that I am aware of. Which is simply logical, if I was aware of a better set of beliefs I would adopt those. Which is why I try to read, study and learn as much as possible. I don't believe the same things today that I did a year ago, and certainly not ten years ago. And I hope that in ten years my beliefs will be superior to the ones I have now.

 

One shouldn't insist that one's beliefs are the best, they should insist on testing their beliefs against those around them, and those that came before them. If your belief is found to stand on better reason, logic and data then move on and find one that has better reason, logic and data, adopt that and keep going. It's the evolution of ideas, where the strong conquer the weak, and the information age is rapidly speeding this process up.


I wonder if this is so.

There is evidence to the contrary as well, as the information age allows all ideas to be found on the interent, including people who agree with you.  There is some evidence to suggest the internet is also allowing minor viewpoints to continue because it allows singular entities who would be forced to defend their ideas vs others to find others that agree with them whether there ideas are right or not.

 While the numbers of supporters may be low in percentage terms of the population... the pure number is unimportant


Research tends to show the internet is more ideologically seregated then everything excpet Newspapers.

http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/jesse.shapiro/research/echo_chambers.pdf

So it may not be a problem....

However, what may be flawed and make the data even higher is they are basically only counting major sites.

It also doesn't count the outright extremism you can find on the internet.

Your average person likely couldn't find any KKK literature or Jihadist literature on the streets.  Yet on the internet, anyone with google can find any number of hateful things as it costs almost nothing to make a website or message board.

Every viewpoint imaginable has a presense on the internet, where only the most mainstream views have "traditional" media exposure.

Well outside the occasional badly photocopied 2 page newspaper.

I mean, would stuff like Zeitgeist or a lot of this other conspiracy exist without the internet?  Sure there were stupid conspiracy theories before, but they were more limited in number.

Now a days it seems like there is a conspiracy for EVERYTHING.



Kasz216 said:
The_vagabond7 said:

I don't think my beliefs are the best, I think they are the best that I am aware of. Which is simply logical, if I was aware of a better set of beliefs I would adopt those. Which is why I try to read, study and learn as much as possible. I don't believe the same things today that I did a year ago, and certainly not ten years ago. And I hope that in ten years my beliefs will be superior to the ones I have now.

 

One shouldn't insist that one's beliefs are the best, they should insist on testing their beliefs against those around them, and those that came before them. If your belief is found to stand on better reason, logic and data then move on and find one that has better reason, logic and data, adopt that and keep going. It's the evolution of ideas, where the strong conquer the weak, and the information age is rapidly speeding this process up.


I wonder if this is so.

There is evidence to the contrary as well, as the information age allows all ideas to be found on the interent, including people who agree with you.  There is some evidence to suggest the internet is also allowing minor viewpoints to continue because it allows singular entities who would be forced to defend their ideas vs others to find others that agree with them whether there ideas are right or not.

 While the numbers of supporters may be low in percentage terms of the population... the pure number is unimportant


Research tends to show the internet is more ideologically seregated then everything excpet Newspapers.

http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/jesse.shapiro/research/echo_chambers.pdf

So it may not be a problem....

However, what may be flawed and make the data even higher is they are basically only counting major sites.

It also doesn't count the outright extremism you can find on the internet.

Your average person likely couldn't find any KKK literature or Jihadist literature on the streets.  Yet on the internet, anyone with google can find any number of hateful things as it costs almost nothing to make a website or message board.

Every viewpoint imaginable has a presense on the internet, where only the most mainstream views have "traditional" media exposure.

Well outside the occasional badly photocopied 2 page newspaper.

I mean, would stuff like Zeitgeist or a lot of this other conspiracy exist without the internet?  Sure there were stupid conspiracy theories before, but they were more limited in number.

Now a days it seems like there is a conspiracy for EVERYTHING.


This is so weird, this is abit  off-topic. The bolded is basically the reason why I think the general, middle class, "golf-culture," populance in America ends up being so ignorant. Unlike in other places where cars aren't as commonplace and people don't have a huge separation between them and other human beings, people are not forced to hear/interact with other people and their ideas. In the US socializing is something you have to opt-in to do, because you can easily sit your your home with a huge lawn and never leave the place. Ever. So what ends up happening is people opt-in to socialize solely with the people that think and have the same ideas as them, which is perfectly natural. The downside is that no new ideas and information penetrates these social circles, unlike in the lower class, or cities in Europe where people have to go through some serious hoops to isolate themselves from society.



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vlad321 said:
Kasz216 said:
The_vagabond7 said:

I don't think my beliefs are the best, I think they are the best that I am aware of. Which is simply logical, if I was aware of a better set of beliefs I would adopt those. Which is why I try to read, study and learn as much as possible. I don't believe the same things today that I did a year ago, and certainly not ten years ago. And I hope that in ten years my beliefs will be superior to the ones I have now.

 

One shouldn't insist that one's beliefs are the best, they should insist on testing their beliefs against those around them, and those that came before them. If your belief is found to stand on better reason, logic and data then move on and find one that has better reason, logic and data, adopt that and keep going. It's the evolution of ideas, where the strong conquer the weak, and the information age is rapidly speeding this process up.


I wonder if this is so.

There is evidence to the contrary as well, as the information age allows all ideas to be found on the interent, including people who agree with you.  There is some evidence to suggest the internet is also allowing minor viewpoints to continue because it allows singular entities who would be forced to defend their ideas vs others to find others that agree with them whether there ideas are right or not.

 While the numbers of supporters may be low in percentage terms of the population... the pure number is unimportant


Research tends to show the internet is more ideologically seregated then everything excpet Newspapers.

http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/jesse.shapiro/research/echo_chambers.pdf

So it may not be a problem....

However, what may be flawed and make the data even higher is they are basically only counting major sites.

It also doesn't count the outright extremism you can find on the internet.

Your average person likely couldn't find any KKK literature or Jihadist literature on the streets.  Yet on the internet, anyone with google can find any number of hateful things as it costs almost nothing to make a website or message board.

Every viewpoint imaginable has a presense on the internet, where only the most mainstream views have "traditional" media exposure.

Well outside the occasional badly photocopied 2 page newspaper.

I mean, would stuff like Zeitgeist or a lot of this other conspiracy exist without the internet?  Sure there were stupid conspiracy theories before, but they were more limited in number.

Now a days it seems like there is a conspiracy for EVERYTHING.


This is so weird, this is abit  off-topic. The bolded is basically the reason why I think the general, middle class, "golf-culture," populance in America ends up being so ignorant. Unlike in other places where cars aren't as commonplace and people don't have a huge separation between them and other human beings, people are not forced to hear/interact with other people and their ideas. In the US socializing is something you have to opt-in to do, because you can easily sit your your home with a huge lawn and never leave the place. Ever. So what ends up happening is people opt-in to socialize solely with the people that think and have the same ideas as them, which is perfectly natural. The downside is that no new ideas and information penetrates these social circles, unlike in the lower class, or cities in Europe where people have to go through some serious hoops to isolate themselves from society.


I've heard that arguement before.

I don't really buy it though.

How often does the average person have a long lasting conversation with a random person on the subway or some other area?

I mean, when I take public transportation I pretty much never see people independently having conversations with each other.