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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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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<<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: 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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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.

 

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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

The answer is no. 

 

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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.
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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. 

 

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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: 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:

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