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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    Rule #1 - Never, ever, ever, admit you were wrong. :P
    Rule #2 - Never, ever, ever, hire anyone to work for you who agrees with Rule #1.

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    rule #3 being if you meet an apostle of rule #1 kick them in the balls?
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    I would think that opinions are tools for solving problems. An opinion is a hypothesis that gives you information about a situation so you can understand it, gain an advantage, and manipulate it. But then opinions start to have other significance as they become a qualification for group membership. I can't be a liberal or republican or college student if I don't subscribe to certain opinions. Every opinion is constructed to gain something.

    As for why we defend our opinions, I think you're right that we want to know that we're interpreting the world correctly, but even more so, I think an opinion can serve as the justification to some resource, right, or property. In politics, for example, the Palestinians have formed the opinion that they have a right to return to their homeland in Israel. They want the world to side with them so they can establish a right of return. But the Israeli government espouses a competing opinion that there is no right of return, presumably because granting a right of return would affect demographics and voting and threaten the integrity of a Jewish state. So, the opinion serves as a bridge to the resource. Same goes for relationships. In the end, it's about access and power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    rule #3 being if you meet an apostle of rule #1 kick them in the balls?
    Yeah, baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I would think that opinions are tools for solving problems. An opinion is a hypothesis that gives you information about a situation so you can understand it, gain an advantage, and manipulate it.
    But an opinion cannot be merely a hypothesis as that requires strong willingness to change and revise based on new evidence (as opposed to confirmation biases).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I would think that opinions are tools for solving problems.
    And opinion is also a probe to see what is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    And opinion is also a probe to see what is there.
    Isn't that merely a speculation?

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