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

Visitor (not verified)
anonymous user
Registered: 12-31-1969
Is it possible that an opinion can be correct or incorrect, right or wrong?
99
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

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009

Is it possible that the term "opinion" covers such a wide range of thoughts that there are some that are correct/incorrect, and, to a lesser amount, some that can't be shown to be correct/incorrect?

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
No
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
I'm scratching my head a little over this thread...are we trying to use logic to prove that an opinion is correct or incorrect based on whether the subject of the opinion is correct or incorrect?

How about this:
"The next rocket ship to the space station will fail to fulfill its mission".
So...the next rocket ship blows up on the launch pad.
Does that make the opinion "true?" If the rocket ship performs flawlessly, does that make the opinion false?
Of course not...the opinion is just what it is...an opinion. The opinion is a sort of container for speculation, just as a bottle is a container...let's say for something good to drink, or not. The bottle itself is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad...the contents are what determines if the drinker lives or dies.

"2+2=4" is a mathematical fact, so I don't have to say "In my opinion, two plus two equals four". If my child seems to have strep throat, it may seem to be a fact to me (because those are the symptoms my kid always has with strep throat), but to the doctor it's my opinion because she's the professional and if she takes my word for it, she might be facing a malpractice suit when my child is gravely injured by a lookalike illness, or ethical issues if she gives my child an antibiotic when the illness is viral. The illness seems to be strep to me, but I don't actually have the tools needed for a diagnosis. The doctor is convinced on the basis of tests that my kid has strep and treats it appropriately. This is where it gets a little weird: the fact that my kid has strep might still be considered an opinion, because diagnostic tools are not infallible...the strep culture could have been contaminated or the swab mixed up with that of another patient...it could actually take a lot to take a medical opinion out of the "opinion" container and put it into the "facts" container...and if and when that happens, the "opinion" does not become "correct"...the contents of the opinion are reclassified as "fact", a much stronger notion.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-21-2006

 ..."the "opinion" does not become "correct"...the contents of the opinion are reclassified as "fact", a much stronger notion. "

 wiggle, wiggle, wiggle...to do anything and everything to talk around calling an opinion correct.  You are right, the opinion did not "become correct". It was correct all along. It's reclassified.......as a correct opinion! The facts validate a correct opinion...period!!! This is a given in the science arena, not even debatable. For the record, a reputable doctor will make the diagnosis of strep based on his opinion and treat for it, before the 48 culture result is presented. He can do this because his life/career experiences, which count for a lot, confirm to him, that his opinion is correct. When the test result comes back with a positive culture, then his opinion was proven correct. It was always correct...always. The culture merely proved what he already knew to be true.

 

"How about this:"The next rocket ship to the space station will fail to fulfill its mission".......

If the person making the statement is basing it on information he possesses, that would indicate the rocket is not capable of fulfilling it's mission, then that person's opinion was/is correct. That person knew all along that the mission would fail. It was the ill informed who didn't know that his opinion was correct. They had to wait to be told or see information that confirmed what  he already knew.

shell

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009

If that's your opinion, it could be wrong!

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006

Proof by Contradiction:

1) Suppose an opinion is found to be certain.

2) By definition, an opinion is not certain.

3)  Contradiction - QED

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
The OP 's author looks to vindicate a previous claim of a "correct opinion". Logic doesn't matter here, nor do definitions http://www.thefreedictionary.com/opinion because there is a specific answer being sought REGARDLESS.

For that precise reason, there is no point whatsoever in debate.


Jabberwocka

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-21-2006

What I find hysterical, is that those who would argue that opinions can not be correct are spending a lot of time and effort to "prove" that their opinion on this issue is indeed correct and accusing others of not being logical.  Does that seem logical to anyone?

shell

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Oh...I get it. It's like Intelligent Design...first you assume the answer, and then "proved" it by circular logic. You're right, no use wasting time on this. I just thought there was some kind of definitional misunderstanding.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009

If you were so curious about "exploring....an interesting topic and the differing personal insights, feelings, experiences and positions", then you would NOT have used negative characterizations* and stated your own stance or asked so repeatedly** (the word "badgering" comes to mind), that others agree with your premise.

"Simply interesting"?  "Simply exploring"?  Phooey.  You contradict yourself in your own post.  You're looking for "an obvious answer" that is "quickly denied" (considering the number of questions/statements under the double asterisk, I find that quite ironic).

*You are trying to dance and wiggle around the obvious; If you hold an opinion, and the facts prove that opinion to be correct, then that opinion was also correct; your efforts to avoid stating what is obvious are noted; you're shifting the subject again; 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

**So, is it possible that an opinion can be right or wrong? (used twice); Is it equally possible that an opinion can be right, or correct?; So, even opinions which are based on sound judgment and/or logical conclusion cannot be right, or correct?; An incorrect opinion?; So, you think opinions can be right, or correct?; what are they, then, if these opinions are not incorrect, or wrong?; 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?; Sounds like being "right", or "correct" to me. Not to you, though?; Surely opinions can be wrong. Just as surely they can be correct.; If you hold an opinion, and the facts prove that opinion to be correct, then that opinion was also correct; not only can opinions which are proven be the "correct" ones, but sometimes even opinions that are not proven to be true are still "right"; You are right, the opinion did not "become correct". It was correct all along.

Jabberwocka

Pages