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
<<But popular opinion does change things. Look at the election, Some believe Obama is the right man for the job, Others Romney. The next election will be determined by votes which are really just formed from opinions... >>
 
True and that is why it is critical to have a well informed citizenry in order for democracy to really work.  Sadly, human emotions and confirmation bias get in the way of really looking at facts objectively.   Walter Lippman believed that public opinion was irrelevant to the policy-making process. Political leaders ignore public opinion because most Americans can neither "understand nor influence the very events upon which their lives and happiness are known to depend."
 
Saying many Americans don't know much about neoliberal policies that are a result of our international institutions like the IMF, World Bank or WTO, I'm going to agree.  Nearly all of our current policies are carbon copies of these neoliberal policy taken place worldwide.  Push back for these policies from such organizations or groups like labor unions has been weak (or weakened) and many of these groups have been nearly eliminated in scope and size.  What is that saying about absolute power?
 
<<In my town we are voting in a new judge this Fall, One is republican and one is democrat. DH and I were just talking about this, He thinks the best candidate for the job should be selected according to qualifications NOT voted in, The politics that surround some things are stupid.>>
 
I agree with your DH.  I would really have to hear a logical argument in order to sway me but at this point it should be based on merit in order to minimize political influence by eliminating the need for candidates to raise funds which can compromise judicial independence.  Also, in many states, most merit selection systems have a provision for appointed judges to face the voters after they have established a judicial record.  A better option than lifetime privilege.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Registered: 01-21-2006

Not necessarily, one might say that those who go around talking about good nutrition, don't really practice it? It's all for show.

It's your opinion that one can measure the correctness of their opinion by the actions, words and example of that which they opine? If the actions of that person confirm the stated opinion than the opinion is correct?

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<<It's your opinion that one can measure the correctness of their opinion by the actions, words and example of that which they opine?>>

Opinions don't measure "correctness" because correctness is absolute.  Opinions measure degrees of things in relations to something else.  So, your opinion may be sound based on your proof; another person can counteract your measures with their own observations and/or data and/or experience.  They may also have a sound opinion that may differ from yours.  Opinions are always open to subjectivity.

 

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006

 

You can have an opinion that the earth is flat based on faulty logic but that is still your belief.  Beliefs are subjective even if they are based on faulty logic. 

 

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jabberwocka wrote:

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.

The facts can be incorrect?


 

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Registered: 01-21-2006

My question exactly!!!   Who do you suppose gets to determine which facts are incorrect? 

Fact- something that actually exists; reality; truth: 

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The implication is not that opinions measure "correctness", but that actions, words, examples, etc. are the measure of whether an opinion is correct.

In the example I gave about Michelle Obama and whether she is truly concerned about nutrition, can we not deem that the correct opinion is that she is, based on her display, her words, etc.? Or, is the person who claims that "it's all talk" just as correct?

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It's your proof that is either correct or incorrect not your opinion.

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Seems like some people are having a problem with the difference between a fact and opinion.

http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/Fact-opinion.html
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Registered: 01-21-2006
If a mother's opinion is that her son has strep throat and after 48 hours the throat culture grows streptococcus, then can't one say that her opinion was correct? If not please explain to me how one could debate otherwise?
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