View Poll Results: Reading and/or listening to other people's opinions (editorials)? Reading methodologically rigorous

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  • Reading and/or listening to other people's opinions (editorials)

    5 29.41%
  • Reading methodologically rigorous and sound research findings

    4 23.53%
  • I read equal volumes of each of two noted types of content.

    8 47.06%
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Thread: Which do you spend more time doing?

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    Re: Which do you spend more time doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moderate Right View Post
    I actually find it funny that people want to listen to the opinions of others to form their own opinion. That's why our country is in so much gridlock. Half of mindless Americans listen to the fake news and the other half of mindless Americans listen to the other side's "news". Very few look beyond.
    So what's your answer to the poll question?
    Those who jettison the epistemological standards of science are no longer in a position to use their intellectual product to make any claims about what is true of the world or to dispute the others’ claims about what is true. - Tooby & Cosmides
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    Re: Which do you spend more time doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    I'm a scientist by training so I'm always reading research, either for work or out of personal interest.

    Opinion pieces are interesting as a way of connecting with other people and seeing what human society is up to.

    We need both, ideally, and I read a lot of both. However, I place more stock into methodologically sound research because I have a factual side to me that is satisfied by it.

    I know you didn't include this option, but I also spend a great deal of time on philosophical/spiritual readings, discussions and debates.
    Red:
    The share of such prose that asserts something that cannot be soundly or cogently shown to be true or false falls into the editorial classification. For instance, I periodically read law review essays, judicial decisions, and humanities essays. Such content is technically editorial; however, unlike the editorial content that appears on television and in mainstream publications, authors of such editorial content actually present a fully explicated and exposed case for their POV. Accordingly, while one may or may not concur, at least one has no basis for misconstruing the full body of fact and context that supports the author's conclusion, and the expositive quality of those essays allows one to readily discern whether an author has taken "something" out of context, materially or otherwise, in making his/her case.

    As you can see from the above writings, rigorous though they are, they are yet editorial. If the content to which you in "red" refer is of a similar nature, it too counts as editorial.

    With the foregoing in mind, what is your answer to the poll question?
    Those who jettison the epistemological standards of science are no longer in a position to use their intellectual product to make any claims about what is true of the world or to dispute the others’ claims about what is true. - Tooby & Cosmides
    The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks. -- African Proverb

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    Re: Which do you spend more time doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xelor View Post
    Which do you spend more time doing:

    • Reading and/or listening to other people's opinions (editorials).
    • Reading methodologically rigorous and sound research findings.
    • I read equal volumes of each.

    If you read neither of the two types of content, just don't respond to the poll question. Folks who read neither are of no use re: the poll's raison d'etre.
    Both, when it comes to reading.
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    Re: Which do you spend more time doing?

    I read both. I have no problem reading opinion pieces if they are well written, but I always go after I read them and back them up with verifiable facts.




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    Re: Which do you spend more time doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I read both. I have no problem reading opinion pieces if they are well written, but I always go after I read them and back them up with verifiable facts.
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    I don't much do that. I see little point in my bothering to bolster someone else's argument, regardless of how poorly or well they've delivered it.

    Pick a person and an argument they've made; they're going to have to defend it on their own. I'm not going to do that for them, regardless of my stance re: their conclusion.
    Those who jettison the epistemological standards of science are no longer in a position to use their intellectual product to make any claims about what is true of the world or to dispute the others’ claims about what is true. - Tooby & Cosmides
    The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks. -- African Proverb

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