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: 11-13-2011

I think people are entitled to voice their opinions.   Our society seems to feel increasingly threatened by opinions that don't seem politically correct.  As long as you are not inciting someone to violence,  I think its okay to express yourself.  We are supposed to have freedom of speech here in the  USA but that is gradually being eroded.

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Registered: 09-08-2006

<<So, your position is that an opinion which has logic supporting it can be validated, and therefore can be correct, or right. Is that correct?>>

If someone says my happiness is correct they are misusing the word correct. A more appropriate word would be valid or relevant. Same goes with the word opinion. People misuse words all the time.

 

 

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006
Happiness is an emotion so I gave an example. Being valid does not mean correct. It is your point of view. Same goes with opinions.

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006
Well Sonny, you can say his emotions are sound but sound is not the same as correct.

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006
Like emotions, opinions are entitlements and held by subjective beliefs. If they were not, they would not use the word "opinion". They can be valid or not but you really can't say a person's beliefs are correct or wrong; however, you can prove their facts surrounding said opinion correct or incorrect.

 

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Registered: 01-21-2006

The ironic part of this discussion to me is that I spent a 20 year career proving the correctness of opinions and ruling out the incorrect ones.  In the most simplistic case, a woman's opinion would be that she was pregnant. I could prove that one correct or not in about 5 minutes.

 Of course opinions can be correct and incorrect.

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Registered: 09-08-2006
No, opinions are always a right not "right" or " wrong" like emotions are a right. All these things can be validated but no one has a right to claim someone's feelings correct. They do, however, have the right to claim the evidence correct.

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
JYladvik wrote:

I think people are entitled to voice their opinions.   Our society seems to feel increasingly threatened by opinions that don't seem politically correct.  As long as you are not inciting someone to violence,  I think its okay to express yourself.  We are supposed to have freedom of speech here in the  USA but that is gradually being eroded.

Yes, people are entitled to voice their opinion.  They just don't like it when called on their opinion if it is bigotted.  That doesn't have anything to do with political correctness, but has everything to do with other people voicing their opinion that they don't want to hear a bunch of bigotted nonsense.

 

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Registered: 09-08-2006

<< If we incorporate, as you stated earlier, logic and fact, then opinions can be validated, or proven(as one, of several suitable definitions of "validate"). Therefore, some opinions can be, and are, correct, or right.>>

Could I also incorporate logic and facts with my emotions and validate them or would you call my emotions correct/incorrect?  Even when emotions are illogical, for instance when my son was young he was afraid monsters lived under his bed, I never said to him your fear is wrong.  His fear was very real.  Same goes with opinions.  They are feelings that are being expressed and can also be challenged and even when facts or evidence is used to prove them illogical those opinions/feeling may still not change.  Based on solid evidence, you still can't say opinions are wrong because opinions like emotions are subjective, only the facts can be right or wrong. 

<<Some here want to say that opinions can definitely be wrong. Well, I agree. However, the step necessary before we can know that something is wrong is to accept that there is also a "correct" opinion. Certainly none of us have the ability to determine wrong if there is no right....incorrect if there is no correct.>>

Feel free to claim you can judge someone's opinion as right or wrong but I would suggest you stick to the evidence and stay clear of challenging someone's feelings no matter how illogical they may sound.

<<Some take themselves  to the answer with their words and views, but when their own thinking and reasoning gets them close, they twist away and do everything within the power they have to deny where they have logically travelled themselves.>>

Ironic.

 

 

 

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