To Ask…

What happens if you are a true believer in a particular set of ideas, but then overwhelming data and arguments seem to be going against you? Will you be open minded and intellectually honest saying something like, “okay, I had this theory, but the arguments and data are against it. I may have to reject my theory, change my mind, and try some other ideas,” or will you be less forthcoming? Will you double down on a theory that you know is failing, and resort to myriad transparent, sometimes, but other kinds of more sophisticated, but nonetheless dishonest strategies to try to deflect any criticisms of your ideas?

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” — Epictetus

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