Is it possible that an opinion can be correct or incorrect, right or wrong?

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Is it possible that an opinion can be correct or incorrect, right or wrong?
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 12:37pm

In recent days, one of these discussions has hit on the point that an opinion cannot be "correct", or "right"....and I have not gone back to find the thread, or the exact word, but I think the general connotation is understood.

It made me think and wonder if there are correct or incorrect opinions. When you are as sure of your stances and positions as I am in mine, the first, and easiest answer is, "of course there are right and wrong opinions....the ones that are "right" are in agreement with mine, the ones that are wrong, are not"...but I know that is a part of my smart (posterior) personality...and wouldnt at all suffice in this group. :-) I am sure that no one else here ever has those types of feelings and thoughts, but I am comfortable enough with all here to admit that I do, sometimes.

Getting past that, I have still wondered about the possibility....are there opinions that are right, or wrong? Correct, or incorrect? What do you think?

Sonny

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Registered: 09-08-2006

Shell,

We usually base our opinions on some kind of evidence.  It's okay to challenge opinions because they may be based on logical fallacies. 

 

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Registered: 05-13-2009

No, an opinion can not be correct or incorrect, nor wrong or right.

An opinion is just a belief, idea, or judgment a person has about a particular topic. Opinions may be informed, e,g, through extensive experimentation, life experiences, debate, and research, or uniformed, e,g, just because we wish to believe them to be so.

A medical opinion from respected physicians about a particular treatment should have more merit than an opinion of a celebrity on a topic, but Jenny McCarthy proves that's not always the case.

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Registered: 03-02-2009

Well, an opinion can be based on a lot or a little, it can be a lot of thought or just a gut instinct. It can be almost a total guess, or not. And it can be right or wrong.

I could be watching a baseball game and they send up a pinch hitter that has a poor average against the opposing pitcher. My opinion might be that it's a bad move. If the guy gets a hit, well I was wrong.

Oh, and I've been soooo right about Obama! :smileyhappy:

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-03-2009

The facts on which an opinion is based can be correct or incorrect. But when there are no facts per se, an opinion is just that. And you don't get to say otherwise, though by admission, you frequently do: 

When you are as sure of your stances and positions as I am in mine, the first, and easiest answer is, "of course there are right and wrong opinions....the ones that are "right" are in agreement with mine, the ones that are wrong, are not"  

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 09-08-2006

"So, is it possible that an opinion can be right or wrong?"

 

It depends the bases of your opinion.  It is very possible for a person to make a rash judgement based on illogical conclusions.  It doesn't mean it's right or wrong but it does mean it is ill-informed. 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Of course an opinion can be wrong. It might be your opinion that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. You would be wrong.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2006

The answer is no. 

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
<<For example, if I stated that my opinion of the First Lady is that she is concerned about nutrition and exercise, >>

That wouldn't be an opinion...it would be a fact based on the words and deeds of Michelle Obama.
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Registered: 09-08-2006

"So, even opinions which are based on sound judgment and/or logical conclusion cannot be right, or correct?"

No, because opinions are not absolute.  You can form a good opinion or a bad opinion based on evidence and its logic but it does not mean opinions themselves are right or wrong just faulty or sound.  When people throw "it's my opinion" in front of something absolute that is really irrelevant and really should be avoided in debate.  Something that is factual like the earth being round is fact not opinion.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
Facts can be proved "correct, or incorrect, right or wrong". Theories are educated guesses which are still in the process of vetting. Opinions which don't feature either facts or theories might rely on logic to be expressed convincingly, but some opinions are about personal preferences, personal perceptions/experiences, personal emotions. How can they be "incorrect" or "wrong"?

I assume your last paragraph was meant to be sardonic. But how to argue it? What if I say "no, you're wrong"? Wrong in the surety? Not possible. That's your emotion and I have no logic or evidence with which to determine the strength of your surety. Or wrong in the singularity?!

Jabberwocka

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