Before you crouch behind your Shield of Opinion you need to ask yourself two questions:
1. Is this actually an opinion?
2. If it is an opinion how informed is it and why do I hold it?
This has to be the best article of the entire year: “
No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong.”
It also not coincidentally is the root of the vast majority of the problems the world is currently facing. There are so many great quotes here, I can’t pick a favorite, so I’ll highlight the same one Kimb Quark did that brought my attention to it:
“There’s nothing wrong with an opinion on those things. The problem comes from people whose opinions are actually misconceptions. If you think vaccines cause autism you are expressing something factually wrong, not an opinion. The fact that you may still believe that vaccines cause autism does not move your misconception into the realm of valid opinion. Nor does the fact that many other share this opinion give it any more validity.”
in No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong | Houston Press
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