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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Thinking, I think

This quote from William James has been spinning around in my head since it was posted the other day on Mental Multivitamin:

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

Uh oh. I hope that's not me, but it could be. How do you avoid falling into this trap?

The non-fiction books I choose to read mostly reaffirm what I already believe, or suspect to be true, that's partly why they interest me, and also because they may more eloquently express what I've been contemplating on my own. To stretch myself, it would seem simple enough to chose a book diametrically opposed to my beliefs. But why would I waste my time reading something so contrary to common sense?

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Is it as easy as keeping an open mind? Is it possible to have any strong convictions without being mired in prejudice?


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