I’ve begun, from time to time, to respond to various ideas that I think are prime examples of sloppy thinking. The following is a quote from magazine publisher, Malcolm S. Forbes:
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an educated one.
Among other things, an educated mind is capable of distinguishing truth from fiction. It can take the facts it now possesses, observe its environment with fresh insight, listen to a spectrum of perspectives, deliberate with sharpened cognitive skills, reach conclusions and then say, concerning certain ideas, “No, that’s incorrect. I’m not open to that.”
Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought. – G. K. Chesterton
The mind that has no fixed aim loses itself, for, as they say, to be everywhere is to be nowhere. – Michel de Montaigne