Practicing What I Teach
As a teacher, I want my students to be open minded. However, I cannot expect this of them if I am not so myself. I claim that, as a skeptic, I am willing to change my mind about even my most cherished beliefs if they do not match the best available evidence.
But when I think about it, do I really change my mind about things that I believe very strongly or which are extremely important to me?
Things I’ve Drastically Changed my Mind About Despite Holding Strong Prior Beliefs Based on Looking at the Actual Evidence and Letting Go of my Wrong Beliefs
accommodationism (and tolerance)
sex and gender
expertise (limits and attitudes towards)
what “Truth” means to different people
ethical egoism (philosophy)
teacher-led vs. student-centered teaching
Yes, yes I do.
Do you have a list?