Gale came up with this idea. I like it partly because it lets us get off the hamster wheel of reading and intellectualizing over politics, philosophy, history, and the like. But, I also like the topic because it basically asks each of us how much of what we have experienced and learned has really mattered – enough to make us change our opinions.
What people learn from experience is heavily influenced by what they want to believe a priori, of course. Still, as this week’s handful of background readings discuss, our beliefs do evolve throughout our lives as we gain experience and perspective. About what have you changed your opinion? God/religion, politics, personal ethics, marriage and children? What did it for you? Marriage and kids, church, school, career choices? How hard was it to evolve?
After my 45 minute opening lecture (Note: KIDDING), I am really interested in hearing what you all, with all of your decades and decades and decades (sorry) of wisdom have to say. Have a nice weekend and I’ll see you on Monday evening.
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –
- How do our values change as we age?
- Our personalities constantly change but we often don’t realize it.
- Are our beliefs inherited?
- Religion: American adults change religions a lot.
- Politics: An old link on why liberals and conservatives are so set in their POVs.
NEXT WEEK: What is a “fair” burden of taxation?