Changing your mind

What did you change your mind about today? In the last week?

Our identities are often coupled with our deepest held beliefs. The extent to which our idea is an ideology depends on the degree of this coupling. We might change our mind easily on facts about Vasco Da Gama’s life, but we hold on dearly to our political leanings.

Answering the question above can be a powerful introspective exercise. The ease with which we can change our minds depends on how much we know about a topic how strongly it is coupled with our identity. Our closely held beliefs are building blocks for the narratives that comprise our identities. That is why, having them challenged can feel so unpleasant.

And yet, we are faced with a world that is changing at a blinding speed. Ray Kurzweil estimates that the progress of the entire 20th century would have been achieved in only 20 years at the rate of advancement in the year 2000. And this rate is only going to get faster.

Being able to change our minds is soon turning into a survival skill.



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