have you ever changed your opinion?

lechat

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apparently we are hard wired to defend our opinions even if we are overwhelmingly convinced we are wrong so easy question:
have you ever been in the middle of a debate and suddenly realized you were wrong and admitted so to the other person?
 

Keoul

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Yes, numerous times.
Most of my arguments are conjecture, and how I perceive things will turn out, of course I use some sources and such to back up my arguments but at the end of the day I'm writing on a forum, not a thesis, so I won't be spending hours correcting, proof-reading, backing up sources, checking for consistency and all that jazz.

Being wrong is inevitable, I just admit to it and then run away quietly for a few days before posting again.
 

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Revnak said:
Yes. A number of times. It really isn't that hard.
Hear hear. Most often I change my opinion while typing something up. I realize that what I'm saying doesn't make as much sense as I thought it to be.
 

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Yes, I am not one to fool myself into thinking I am right in the face of more correct evidence/ideals that contradict my own.
 

Tanis

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Yep.
I was religious, and debated many a person on why they were going to hell or whatever.

But, now, I'm NOT religious and I feel REALLY silly and bad and stupid for all those times I raged.
 

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Yep. I no longer think that PC gamers are being petty when they complain about getting shitty ports.

My religious beliefs are also constantly changing as I learn more about myself and the world. I find it to be a healthy and entertaining outlook on spirituality.
 

lechat

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Yes,

BUT,

On online-forums like these, I find it hard to be convinced of someone else's viewpoint.
I can't think of examples where I have changed my opinion whilst on the escapist forums, but I have in real life discussions.
 

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Yes a few times althought it usually something I defend in had fail (me and my mate came up our own theories in what was going on in the last season of LOST) or if the other opposing person had make a really good statement/ comment in the debate/ arguement that I cannot see the flaw or opposing opinions against it (someone convince me that those MLP G1 fans aren't just hated toward brony but rather they were passionate toward G1 while brony are like hipster in a way).
 

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somtimes I wonder if I lack conviction in my opinions....like I'm too influenced by that others think (like when I playes ME3 for the firt time I wa blown away but I could get "what would the escapist think?" out of my head..thanks guys)

I have however changed my mind ins ome regards..that the things I like are not perfect and if somone bashes them THATS OK
 

lechat

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SimpleThunda said:
Yes,

BUT,

On online-forums like these, I find it hard to be convinced of someone else's viewpoint.
I can't think of examples where I have changed my opinion whilst on the escapist forums, but I have in real life discussions.
that there is the point i am trying to make. i don't want to turn this into a gun or religion debate or whatever but what are the chances we will ever hear someone say something like "good point. the statistics are there i change my mind"
 

Spinozaad

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When debating historiography/theses/methodology; quite often.
When discussing politics/religion: never.
 

Rastien

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I guess so, i went from being an Atheist to an Agnostic for various reasons which i won't discuss here don't want it descending into religeon/gun thread etc.

But yeah i can change my opinion on things but i come to my own conclusions it's rare for me to change my opinion mid conversation, i have far to much pride/stubbornness to back down from an argument even :p
 

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Yes, sometimes I'm just wrong, if I'm given indisputable evidence of that, of course I'll change my opinion.

Sometimes I'll feel really strongly about something and it becomes much more difficult to sway me, but even then, it's still possible. Especially on topics where I'm far from an expert (politics). It might take some time though.
 

Rascarin

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Nope, never. My opinions have been unchanging since birth.

Hahaha. Seriously, though, yes - I've actually found that many of my best and most important experiences have happened from discovering that my opinions were wrong. Most notable example was when I used to be a colossal homophobe (and "phobe" really is the right word there), racist and bigot to discovering that I was gay. Huge turnaround on a lot of issues, I'm a lot less judgemental, a lot more accepting, and I would say, a far better person.
 

Nantucket_v1legacy

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Nope.
I am always right even when I am wrong because when I'm wrong I make it right.
Welcome to my mind.
 

V8 Ninja

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I don't really see how people couldn't have changed their opinion on something at least once.
 

CommanderL

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yes I do When I receive new data I may change my view But some things I will never change on
 

Ekit

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Yes, whenever someone convinces me I'm wrong I change my opinion.
 

Rainforce

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All the fucking time. We live and learn.
it's actually pretty easy, if you consider that what makes you form a certain opinion is only shaped by your (very limited) own experiences, so the second somebody can show you an aspect you didn't know before, you're pretty much bound to revise your opinion.