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Comment by Lo Tek
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Hi  LoTekJunky (#23333)

I presume it's synchronicity that I felt lead to follow up on this item from today's Esteemed Freedom's Phoenix E-Distribution.

I've been subscribed since 2007.05 and I've felt it's time to update my E-ddress but I may need to do that through further E-correspondence.

Since then Freedom's Phoenix has been among my most valued news resources and it's the first E-Distribution I read each morning.

So I would appreciate it if you would respectfully choose another pseudonym to be critical of their monumental efforts.

Either way, it's probably time for you to follow LiLo's recent example and ween yourself from your addiction, riding my ph*llus.

i'm closing with the source (5) questions to save others a few clicks, i'm unsure what you're attributing to Mike R., but Freedoms' Phoenix is about thinking For yourself, so his syndication is consistent with their mission, i'm glad you Like mike but the views you disagree with are Stephen W. B.'s ...

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LoTek

theatlasphere.com/columns/100720-browne-thinking.php

What I came up with was a series of questions, to try and keep myself intellectually honest:

1. How often have you changed or abandoned a deeply held belief because of either (a) personal experience or (b) a persuasive argument backed by compelling evidence?

2. How often have you, after examining the evidence reached a conclusion that was uncomfortable, unsettling, or profoundly disturbing to you, i.e., reached a conclusion you did not like and wished weren’t true?

3. How often have you admitted honest confusion about an issue that was important to you and decided to defer judgment — or simply live with the uncertainty?

4. How often have you realized while listening to someone speak for a position you agreed with, that it was nonetheless being supported by a weak or invalid argument?

5. How often have you listened to two sides of an issue and concluded that you agreed with someone you disliked and disagreed with someone you liked?

If you answered “never” to all or most of them, you might ask yourself whether you are thinking at all. You almost certainly won’t, though.

theatlasphere.com/columns/100720-browne-thinking.php

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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"If you answered “never” to all or most of them, you might ask yourself whether you are thinking at all. You almost certainly won’t, though."

As a critical thinker, I was highly offended by this smug statement of pure intimidation.  My response to each question is best reflected in the word 'seldom'.  I daresay that the author of this article would lessen his distaste for my answer, and would paint me with the same colors as the 'never' crowd, even though I believe it to be a totally false presumption.  This may be due to my personal experience as a person who was indoctrinated with a 'faulty program' at a young age which ran it's rampant course of an alcoholic pursuing instant gratification a la American Style - until the program crashed in 1983, and I was forced to 'relearn life' over again, defining things on life's terms, instead of 'Ed's terms' - meaning embracing reality as it is, instead of what I would desire it to be.  After over twenty years of having to 'change my thinking' to coincide with reality, those issues brought up in the five questions of the article seldom surface for me - but when they do I am very attentive to them, fulfilling my committment to Step 9 of Alcoholics Anonymous which states "Continued to take a personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."

I have a 'higher stake' in the 'game' than most people - my life as a Recovering Alcoholic living without alcohol is directly dependent on my ability to live life 'on life's terms'.

"And if you answered “yes” to any, it might be fun and profitable to compare examples in the letters-to-the-editor section below."

How does one answer 'yes' to a question that begins "How often..."? 

I guess he didn't 'think' about that.  : )

Ed 

Comment by Olde Reb
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Are people that steal from one person to give to another and believe that both will greatly benefit ignorant or stupid ?? Or are they perhaps the person receiving the “charity” or perhaps the bureaucrat building an empire that is paid a higher salary derived from some of the stolen money ?

Comment by Anonymous
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 "How often have you listened to two sides of an issue and concluded that you agreed with someone you disliked and disagreed with someone you liked?"

There is a mountain of difference between liking someone and disagreeing with someone over a particular issue. Liking is emotion, a function of the heart. Disagreeing is reason, a function of the intellect. How often do you feel with a burning passion without thinking and at the same time think logically bereft of feelings when facing two sides of an issue should be the more interesting question.

Comment by Nick Barnett
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"How often have you listened to two sides of an issue and concluded that you agreed with someone you disliked and disagreed with someone you liked?"

I like you, Mike, but I disagree with a lot of your views :)   This article is not one of those things.


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