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Open Minded Inquiry
PHI103: Week 1 Assignment
January 19, 2015

Open Minded Inquiry
With Open-minded Inquiry, the three most important attributes that one must have as they approach problems within life are; Critical Receptiveness, Expertise, and Judgment. Bertrand Russell’s definition for Critical Receptiveness is “the attitude which makes a virtue openness to ideas and experience while guarding against sheer mindlessness” (Hare, 2013). When approaching a problem and begin to think of solutions you are accepting to other’s views and ideas. Every idea should be treated with consideration, unless you are absolutely sure that specific idea will not work at all. With using the expertise attribute to fulfill critical thinking, everyone needs to remember that no single person has the ability to judge every idea because, no one has all of the knowledge in the world. This means to not always believe what you hear or see but to actually fulfill your own research in order to provide an educated conclusion. Judgment, uses information that supports true statement and also goes further than just the readily available information. Always remember that judgments are based solely on limited information and also misinformation.
I have conducted an immense amount of research on food, such as Monsanto, the effects of vaccinations, pharmaceutical medicine, and medical practices. When people decide to have a discussion with me on these topics, they are never able to provide valid information. They lack expertise within the subject and usually are quick to judge from wrong information controlled by the government. Sometimes, I will direct people to factual information and it will help expand their knowledge. Once someone is knowledgeable in a subject and can actually have an educated discussion on a topic, that is considered Critical Receptiveness. I always try to motivate my…...

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