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Saturday, September 29, 2018

What is an opinion?


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What is an opinion? Here is my definition:


An opinion is a belief not based on proof


In our daily lives we form many opinions about reality. Many of these opinions will be wrong, while others will be correct. The crucial aspect of an opinion is that they lack proof. I do not mean proof in the extreme skeptical sense, but rather proof that generates certainty. For example, if the menu at a restaurant says the pasta is $9.00, then that is proof enough that $9.00 is the actual price even though it could be a typo. In this regard, it is not an opinion that the price is $9.00.


I believe that opinions constitute a large portion of everything we believe. Of course we have proof of many things such as that there is a refrigerator in the kitchen and that my computer runs on electricity, but there also many beliefs that have marginal concrete evidence. In this regard, I believe its important to know there is subjective line between opinion and fact.



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