Chart 1: Opinion Change over New Information

I enjoy charts.  I like the associations of XY scatter plots or even a brightly colored Pie Chart.  They help me to deduce correlation and causation for different variables without the interruption of all that minutia flying around in the real world.  They don’t care about my personal opinion or feelings.  Done correctly, they simply show how it is.  Life becomes much simpler when you remove the philosophical ‘aught’ from the equation.

I recently read a book called ‘How to be Interesting in 10 simple steps’ by Jessica Hagy.  In it, she creates quite a few graphs showing how to be an interesting person.  This seemed like a lot of fun so I have chosen to copy her idea.  Some of the charts I’ll be putting here have been inspired by her book.

I believe that with the addition of new information, opinions and beliefs should change.  Even if it is simply to a more detailed state.  I’m not saying that information will turn a Democrat  into a Republican, or force a Ford lover to run out and buy GMC, but only that with additional information, more detailed and complex opinions emerge.  Those who refuse to change their opinion in the face of new information are ‘Extremists’.  Those who change their opinion without sufficient new information are ‘Wafflers’.  I find fault with both of these groups.

I am often shocked by the change of opinion I have on one subject when learning about another.  For example, the two years I spent in high school learning Spanish taught me more about the construction of English than many of my English classes combined.  This exemplifies to me the advantage of knowledge simply for the sake of knowledge.  It does not have to be a subject that will get you paid more or impress your friends.  Sometimes, knowledge simply to know is completely worth it.

As information changes, so should Opinions even if it is just a more accurate belief than existed before.

As information changes, so should Opinions even if it is just a more accurate belief than existed before.


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