Re: Bill O'Reilley - The No Spin Zone
Sandor has a good point - one I should have made myself. I guess I was hoping this poll would eventually get some activity and I could discard my theory about members being closed-minded.
Look folks...I'm a registered Republican. I have always voted Republican too. But one of my personal missions in life is to open my mind to other people ideas and opinions, because I know its damn near impossible that I have a monopoly on the truth.
For the November & December 2003 book poll I refrained from nominating any books. If you had been in the chat session where we discussed and picked the 3 books you would know this. Instead, I accepted the 3 books that the rest of the members picked. The only contribution I made was to steer us away from science for that reading period, as I thought it would serve us well to go with a more universally appealing read.
So the 3 books were chosen and I cast my vote for the one that I thought would challenge my own personal beliefs the most. Yes, I voted for Al Frankens book - see the poll
thread where I informed people of my vote.
BookTalk is "the freethinkers book discussion community."
My opinion is that freethinker
doesn't just mean "he who doesn't believe in God." The real defintion is much broader. Being a freethinker, to me, is all about using reason to form your conclusions, as opposed to accepting authority and tradition blindly. We usually hear the word in relation to religious beliefs, but I think it applies to every arena.
According to Dictionary.com
the word can be defined as:
1. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.
2. One who speculates or forms opinions independently of the authority of others; esp., in the sphere or religion, one who forms opinions independently of the authority of revelation or of the church; an unbeliever; -- a term assumed by deists and skeptics in the eighteenth century.
I think freethinkers need to continually be challenging beliefs - especially their own
. I know I don't want to ever fall into the trap of committing the confirmation bias
, or searching for things that agree with my beliefs, and avoiding or ignoring things that challenge those beliefs.
So I voted for a book that I knew would challenge my beliefs. This, to me, is healthy and an expression of intellectual integrity. At this point it is too late for the Jan/Feb 2004 book poll to include a conservative book, but I sure hope we are all open to exploring both sides of every subject.
Excellent post Sandor.Chris "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,for there you have been, and there you will always want to be."