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Changing your mind can be a good thing

In fact, it might be the smartest thing you can do.

There are beliefs, and there are beliefs. Some things are part of our brain’s make-up – believing pineapple on pizza is an abomination, Nazis deserved to be punched in the face – while others can evolve and change, like that guy who goes around apologising for calling people fags when he was 12.

Change My View is a subreddit devoted to people wanting to be convinced that their opinions are wrong. It’s a good-faith effort to be open to other perspectives, and really interesting to read. Especially because it’s a place for conversation, not debate. And especially because there are rules.

You have to explain the reasoning behind your view, you have to be open to changing that view and you have to be available for a conversation with people who reply within the next three hours.

If you’re a commenter, you have to challenge the view (or ask a question), you’re not allowed to write “me too”, be rude/hostile or make low-effort coments.

This makes for a culture where there’s no mucking around with backpatting or back’n’forth point-scoring. It’s a place where you can have a serious, in-depth conversation that might actually bring someone around to your way of thinking… or vice versa.

Have a look and, if you want to be convinced that coriander is actually delicious, jump in with a thread. Make sure you follow the rules!

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