01 SEP 2014 by ideonexus

 Opinion is Not Necessarily a Good Thing

We live in a civilization that believes that opinion per se is good. This can be seen in the very derivation of the word, which comes from the Latin opinari, meaning to think. It is a fundamental tenet of our civilization that thinking is good, a noble process which is one of the few things separating us from the base animal world. I too believe that thinking is a noble calling and that it is necessary to have opinions for the sake of the kind of thinking that can lead us to a better world. ...
Folksonomies: opinion stance position
Folksonomies: opinion stance position
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04 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Worth of Opinions are Determined by the Facts of Thei...

I submit a body of facts which cannot be invalidated. My opinions may be doubted, denied, or approved, according as they conflict or agree with the opinions of each individual who may read them; but their worth will be best determined by the foundation on which they rest—the incontrovertible facts.
Folksonomies: truth facts opinion
Folksonomies: truth facts opinion
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Facts are incontrovertible, and the opinions that grow from them must be evaluated on the interpretation of those facts.

04 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Better to Be Wrong Than Impartial

But, as Bacon has well pointed out, truth is more likely to come out of error, if this is clear and definite, than out of confusion, and my experience teaches me that it is better to hold a well-understood and intelligible opinion, even if it should turn out to be wrong, than to be content with a muddle-headed mixture of conflicting views, sometimes miscalled impartiality, and often no better than no opinion at all.
Folksonomies: truth opinion impartiality
Folksonomies: truth opinion impartiality
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Impartiality defined here as holding a collection of conflicting viewpoints, where it is better to hold no opinion at all.

25 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 Science Builds Up, Opinion Does Not

Signs also are to be drawn from the increase and progress of systems and sciences. For what is founded on nature grows and increases, while what is founded on opinion varies but increases not. If therefore those doctrines had not plainly been like a plant torn up from its roots, but had remained attached to the womb of nature and continued to draw nourishment from her, that could never have come to pass which we have seen now for twice a thousand years; namely, that the sciences stand where t...
Folksonomies: science foundation opinion
Folksonomies: science foundation opinion
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Ideas rooted in reality may be built upon like a solid foundation of truth, while opinions do no grow upward, but spread out thin and varied.