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    Default Do you read opposing view points?

    I wondered if any of the avowedly this or that position or perspective politicos who visit the forum read opposing view points or do you just seek out material that resonates with what you already or currently believe? Has it always been this way? Are secondary sources, ie books, news, film, pictures, more important than people, ie peers, SO, parents, heritage, in your opinion formation?

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    I used to enjoy political discussions, and my research would take in information from all kinds of resources. Especially foreign resources.

    After a couple of years of doing so, it became incredibly boring devoting time to unraveling the pile of bull shit printed in the press each day.

    So I stopped looking regularly.

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    ^ lol... you said what I was going to say!

    I used to read extensively from both sides, now I've slimmed it down considerably, deciding I can't trust any of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I wondered if any of the avowedly this or that position or perspective politicos who visit the forum read opposing view points

    or do you just seek out material that resonates with what you already or currently believe?

    Has it always been this way?

    Are secondary sources, ie books, news, film, pictures, more important than people, ie peers, SO, parents, heritage, in your opinion formation?
    1.) Yes.

    2.) No.

    3.) Yes.

    4.) In general, yes.

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    I always read opposing views in order to get a better perspective of how others think on an issue even if I don't agree with them. I think it adds great depth to a discussion when both sides understand one another and yet still choose to disagree. You learn what experience and/or logic supports their position, how firm their beliefs are, what values they embrace, etc.

    I can't think of a single given source that defines my views, but I'm always suspect of a single source. Taking a single opinion at face value leaves a lot of room for errors and interpretation. I'm sure we've all had a situation where one friend listed out some terrible situation then speaking to the other friend you get a completely opposite story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    ^ lol... you said what I was going to say!

    I used to read extensively from both sides, now I've slimmed it down considerably, deciding I can't trust any of it
    Good.
    It is all nonsense.
    A side is an end to understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I wondered if any of the avowedly this or that position or perspective politicos who visit the forum read opposing view points or do you just seek out material that resonates with what you already or currently believe? Has it always been this way? Are secondary sources, ie books, news, film, pictures, more important than people, ie peers, SO, parents, heritage, in your opinion formation?
    I read anything that strikes me as logical rather than empty rhetoric - whether it agrees with me or not.
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    I look for facts wherever I can find them (I'm not big on opinion pieces). Unfortunately, this requires me to filter out most of what people write to find anything useful.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I look for facts wherever I can find them (I'm not big on opinion pieces). Unfortunately, this requires me to filter out most of what people write to find anything useful.
    Yep, this is essentially my approach. I try to figure out what is authentically true outside of the bullcrap. Then I draw conclusions based on what I've found. Sometimes I end up agreeing more with the left and sometimes I end up agreeing more with the right. (However in my experience the right has more crap in it, so I tend to side with the left more often.)
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    I do. Some sources will have news that other sources simply don't have.
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