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Chances are, you’re not as open-minded as you think

By Washington Post

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  • Gigerenzer came down to similar conclusions through his studies on heuristics, we are better suited to forecasting when the knowledge we retain is broad and thin. I can see the thread connecting the two topics, however, there may be some sign of contrary evidence to what I just maintained.

  • Interesting empirical research from several fields makes the argument that is not what people think but how they think which determines whether one is indeed open minded or not.

    The researchers find curiosity — and a broad range of knowledge — is better than vertical expertise, which sows the seeds

    Interesting empirical research from several fields makes the argument that is not what people think but how they think which determines whether one is indeed open minded or not.

    The researchers find curiosity — and a broad range of knowledge — is better than vertical expertise, which sows the seeds of intractable behavior. Good read!

  • I have found that the use of all forms of the verb “to be” (is, was, are, will be) as declarative statements when opining tend to create more fixed perspectives within myself. They also tend to trigger hostile reactivity in those who hold different perspectives.

    As I get better at avoiding declarative

    I have found that the use of all forms of the verb “to be” (is, was, are, will be) as declarative statements when opining tend to create more fixed perspectives within myself. They also tend to trigger hostile reactivity in those who hold different perspectives.

    As I get better at avoiding declarative statements I find it easier to avoid taking a fixed position in relationship to a given idea. I can then lay the idea “on the table” alongside the ideas of others and compare, contrast, ask questions, pick them apart, detangle them and entwine them in many different ways to see what results. This process seems to work better when it comes to generating inspired insights than did my old process of taking a fixed position and then challenging others to try and move me off it.

  • Knowing the difference between “however” and “moreover” may be the biggest downfall in today’s politically heated world. We are all guilty of looking at issues, no matter the scale, very obstinately. Maybe the solution to many of the world’s problems lies simply in having an open mind. Very interesting read!

  • Can’t help but wonder (being one of those curiosity-centric thinkers) how much our education system may be responsible for the abundance of locked-in experts. Are we conditioning people to think they are right by rewarding the “smart” people with accolades while punishing those who get the answer wrong

    Can’t help but wonder (being one of those curiosity-centric thinkers) how much our education system may be responsible for the abundance of locked-in experts. Are we conditioning people to think they are right by rewarding the “smart” people with accolades while punishing those who get the answer wrong. Maybe we should reward curiosity instead.

  • The challenge is not whether or not we have biases, prejudices or whether or not we are open-minded. All people have their biases and preferences on all manner of different things. As long as we are able to see and understand different lines of thinking or different perspectives, then we are not blindsided

    The challenge is not whether or not we have biases, prejudices or whether or not we are open-minded. All people have their biases and preferences on all manner of different things. As long as we are able to see and understand different lines of thinking or different perspectives, then we are not blindsided. If after seeing different perspectives we still believe in our own preconceptions or prejudices then we might be right or wrong, but at least we have looked at the different scenarios.

  • It is natural to invest personally in your beliefs, but it is also dangerous. When the very experience of encountering arguments or beliefs counter to your own feels painful, we learn to shut those beliefs out, creating a circle of reinforcing echo-thinking. Social media feeds make this even worse, as

    It is natural to invest personally in your beliefs, but it is also dangerous. When the very experience of encountering arguments or beliefs counter to your own feels painful, we learn to shut those beliefs out, creating a circle of reinforcing echo-thinking. Social media feeds make this even worse, as they’re designed to expose us to material similar to what we’ve already liked.

    Being open-minded is hard work, it’s an active pursuit, rather than a trait or characteristic. Frankly, I worry that many people no longer believe in the importance of open-mindedness, except as it relates to others being “open-minded” to agree with them.

  • “It seemed that the more vested they were in a worldview, the more easily they could always find information to fit it.”

    “More skillful forecasters depart from a problem to consider completely unrelated events with structural commonalities — the outside view.”

    Gray/Grey curious

  • I question the basic definition of open minded. We all have opinions and preferences but are we willing to challenge them? The issue I would raise is under what circumstances would any bias be willing questioned. Even the most open minded person would probably resist an open challenge especially by a

    I question the basic definition of open minded. We all have opinions and preferences but are we willing to challenge them? The issue I would raise is under what circumstances would any bias be willing questioned. Even the most open minded person would probably resist an open challenge especially by a stranger. Is it possible there is a bias in the research methodology?

    Is it possible that this is an issue that would be better addressed by observing behavior and linking the observations to general question about bias. Offering a financial incentive introduced bias possibly insulting the respondent.

  • The older I get, the more convinced I am that curiosity and a broad range of knowledge might be, as the piece says, ‘kind of superpower’

  • Good one to read as the work week is about to begin. #curiosity

  • Yes, I totally agree with you both. It is how they think and the ones who claim bring open minded are in reality very narrow minded about what they either support or do not support, agree with or disagree, and more than often they refuse to think outside of those parameters not willing to face the fact

    Yes, I totally agree with you both. It is how they think and the ones who claim bring open minded are in reality very narrow minded about what they either support or do not support, agree with or disagree, and more than often they refuse to think outside of those parameters not willing to face the fact that there must be more to what they know or that what they know may not be quite the truth.

  • "They roam freely, listen carefully and consume omnivorously." Looks like I am in good company. One of my favorite phrases is "I might be wrong." I use it to invoke the other party to defend their stance. Then, I ask questions. #curiosity

  • Curiosity is a superpower 🦸‍♂️

  • Feel this is a good healthy recipe and another addition to improving life style to remain healthy and keep life style diseases away. Many average Indian homes do not have ovens, though it's possession is improving year to year, because we don't cook our foods in ovens. Electric Tandors are used mostly

    Feel this is a good healthy recipe and another addition to improving life style to remain healthy and keep life style diseases away. Many average Indian homes do not have ovens, though it's possession is improving year to year, because we don't cook our foods in ovens. Electric Tandors are used mostly rotis, nans, and some oily baking.

    It is a good idea to wean ourselves on baked foods but it will take change and acceptance of new taste, replacement of fried foods which our cusine depends on and our approach to cooking. Reading this recipe reminded me of healthy food options available and need to go against the grain and try them

  • Always amazed how people could be so sure that they are right.....and yet I think I am probably wrong the most of the time, or at least there is another side to the story.

  • How is this news? Everyone has an inherit bias with all things, no one is truly open minded. Case in point both sides or the religion debate.

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