How to change one’s mind
Ian Leslie has written a brilliant essay about changing one’s mind. His subject is this brilliant essay about changing one’s mind, by someone who has changed his mind about gay marriage. Read all of both essays, but especially this bit from Leslie’s:
We also tend to stick doggedly to our own view, come what may. We pretend to be open to evidence, will go to amazing lengths to fit the evidence to our pre-existing beliefs, rather than the other way around. I stopped taking Tony Blair’s antagonists in the media seriously (well OK, perhaps I never did) after seeing them build Lord Hutton up as an incorruptible man of granite who would finally impale that slippery Blair on the rusty sword of truth – and then, following the publication of his report, which inconveniently exonerated Blair and his government from any wrongdoing, immediately denounce him as an establishment dupe. Blair’s donation of his entire book proceeds to charity somehow reinforced rather than undermined the view of the same people that the former PM was money-grabbing and cynical.
Right on cue, the Daily Mail, only a month late, has deigned to correct a misleading article:
An article on 29 May 2012 referred to former PM Tony Blair’s £5m earnings from his memoirs but omitted to add that this money was generously donated to the Royal British Legion. We are happy to set the record straight.
Update: It would seem that this is an online correction only. There is nothing in the print edition of the Daily Mail today.ban blair baiting, blair rage, daily mail
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