The Danger of Having an Open Mind

Once again I’ve been accused of not having an open mind.  Once again it was in a forum where I was pointing out that Alternative Medicine is not only a waste of time and money, but can be deadly.  The response was typical – I know better than you because it worked for me, doctors and drug companies want to keep you sick, and the ultimate and inevitable zinger – I have a closed mind.  Horrors!

She was right, but I didn’t consider it an insult.  I don’t have an open mind.  If someone makes a claim I expect them to prove it, and if they can’t, I’m not going to give it any credence.  Someone can make all the claims they want about magic water (holy or homeopathic), magic foot rubs, magic needle stabs or magic medicines, just don’t expect me to believe it without at least a couple of double blind studies that proves it’s effective.

Of course this only applies to things that can be proven.  I can’t prove that Andy Warhol was brilliant and Jackson Pollock’s childish scribbles are crap; I just think it’s obvious.  I can’t prove that Blade Runner was the best movie ever made, but I’m pretty sure it is.  Yet, if someone disagrees I’m not going to get upset or accuse them of having a closed mind.  Not just because it’s unprovable opinion, nor because it’s trivial, but also because I don’t consider it an insult, but rather, a compliment.

In my experience most people who brag about having an open mind allow everyone to pour crap into it.  I’d rather work on the opposite – having a mind like a steel trap.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Well, if you are going to make comments like, “Blade Runner was the best movie ever made”. How the hell am I supposed to argue with you?

    Don Venardos | Jun 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. That beat poem was awesome.

    Johnny V | Jun 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. I just finished “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and moved Blade Runner to the top of my Netflix list. I look forward to being able to say “Well, it was the best movie ever made…though it wasn’t as good as the book.”

    Dan the Man | Jun 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Good book. The movie is quite different. In fact, Dick had to fight the director from burying the original. The director wanted a remake of the book that was based on the movie.

    Don Venardos | Jun 16, 2009 | Reply

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