Atheist Meme of the Day: “Open Minded” Means Accepting What Isn’t True


Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Having an open mind doesn’t mean thinking all possibilities are equally likely. To understand and be open to the universe, we have to accept what’s not true about it as well as what is. And the fact that the God hypothesis can’t be absolutely 100% disproven doesn’t make it likely. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Comments

  1. llewelly says

    The sense of your title and the sense of your content are directly opposite. And I think the title is wrong.
    “Open minded” does not, or should not, necessarily include accepting what is not true.

  2. says

    llewelly: I didn’t mean “accepting that what is not true is true.” I meant “accepting that what is not true is not true.” Or rather, “accepting the reality of what is not true as well as the reality of what is.” Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

  3. llewelly says

    Thank you for the clarification. However – I still think the title will leave many people thinking the opposite of what you intend to communicate. On the other hand – I don’t have any suggestions for fixing it.

  4. Maria says

    Can’t you just say:
    “Open minded” means accepting that some really stupid shit things are not true!

  5. says

    “Open-minded” has become a catch phrase for “doesn’t question my shit.”
    When people say that someone is closed-minded, what they’re really doing is making an implied argument that they don’t have an epistemological right to question another person’s beliefs.
    So, when they say that we ought to be “open-minded,” they’re really making the argument that we ought to keep our pie holes shut.

  6. says

    “Freethought blogs” seems to indicate a certain level of open-mindedness, but maybe the name is not quite apt. Or, are you just free to think in error without worry of being corrected?
    ““Open Minded” Means Accepting What Isn’t True” – Absolutely not. It means being open to the possibility that it MIGHT be true. I am open to the possibility that there is no God, but I don’t accept it because I have way more evidence for His existence than I do for His non-existence. You should check out the Defeasibility test: “Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reasons, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God? Is it even a remotely possible outcome that in carefully and thoughtfully reflecting on the broadest and most even body of evidence that I can grasp, that I would come to think that my current view about God is mistaken? That is to say, is my belief defeasible?” http://www.provingthenegative.com/2011/02/defeasibility-test.html

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