Open-Mindedness is a central value for Humanists. However, it is often used by followers of superstition and pseudoscience to criticize Humanists, Freethinkers, and skeptics as being close-minded, or not as open-minded as we claim. So what is being open-minded really about? The video defines it as “being open to new ideas.” Science thrives on this virtue because real open-mindedness actively seeks out answers and evidence to the unexplained. It doesn’t mean simply accepting more fanciful, supernatural explanations.
- How would you define ‘open mindedness’? How is it related to curiosity?
- Why is evidence so important? And when does the video say we don’t really need any evidence?
- Should we be open to the possibility of ghosts, wigi boards, and other superstitions?
- What is the difference between “I don’t believe X” and “X cannot be true”?
Keywords: belief, curiosity, evidence, Humanism, rationality, secularism, superstition, truth, philosophy, critical thinking,