Searching the Opposite of your View Online

In Philosophy, Short Thoughts

One of the wonderful things about the internet, and in my usage, Google Search specifically, is that I can easily look up the opinions of others who disagree with my opinions, or perhaps with the opinions that I am trying to form.

The latter may seem strange, for surely one does not have opinions before you actually hold them? Well, in my experience, people tend to hold clusters of opinions, even if they do not know enough on a subject to actually hold an opinion.

For instance, if you are a strong believer in climate change (and good for you!), then you are also likely to be anti-war and pro-abortion, and also against the death penalty.

I’m not yet sure why this is the case, but it is.

The best way to pop this type of opinion bubble is to actively seek opinions that go against your core beliefs and try and really understand them, and then one of two things will happen:

  1. Either you will change your opinion based on a new logical argument which is better than your currently held beliefs.
  2. Or, you will find that your current opinions get stronger as the opposition has failed to make a dent in your armor.

 

Either way, they are both positive outcomes, and one of the best ways of doing this is to actively use an online search engine to find articles, essays, and books that are diametrically opposed to your world view, and then absorb them deeply.

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