Saturday, April 25, 2009

This is something I've ruminated about for a long, long…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 1:01 PM Permalink

…time that I think is appropriate for all people, specifically bloggers and commenters to blog postings. It is a general observation but it makes a point that is easily forgotten sometimes:
You can argue facts, but you can't argue sincerely held opinions.
The moon is 225,000 miles away. No, at this time of year it's farther away than that. This could be argued ad nauseam, or until your eyes finally glaze over and someone changes the subject.

But if someone states that in his/her opinion the Volkswagon bug is the most beautiful car ever made, it would be fruitless and an impossible effort to change that opinion by arguing that many other cars are much better and more beautiful than a Bug.

Facts: arguable

Opinions: the eye of the beholder

Oh, it may be possible to sway an opinion, and opinions often change through time and experience, but if a person has a set opinion it is an exercise in futility trying to get them to change it. Empirical proof has no context in a person's opinion.

But that's just my opinion, which is never wrong for me.



At 7:34 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

'You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts.'

One of the reasons I like my research job. We can prove it and others can replicate it. Then reasonable people have no choice but to agree and expand on our research.

However, in the Bizarro world ...


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