Opposing views – Roundtable 12

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Why do we struggle to discuss our unique differences in ways that benefit all? Pause for a moment and consider an opinionated or narrow-minded idea you’ve heard spoken. Listen to one person tell another why one view is far more qualified to ensure one-sided versions of a topic that dismisses any view on the other side. Notice put-downs or attacks that fall like pellets in a hail storm?

In one-sided views, we often hear diminishing words such as bogus or ridiculous to describe different views. Not surprisingly for that reason, opinionated comments online,  rarely attach names or ID beside terrible tone tactics.

While it’s true that opinionated people may be highly specialized in their fields, it’s also true that it takes brainpowered skills to engage other people’s views in ways that teach from the other side. My own love for research leaves me understanding a thing more clearly when I look at it’s opposite hues and shapes through other people’s eyes. Have you noticed that too?

To diminish opposing views is to cause flame wars. Without diverse ideas, we tend to truncate discussions that could lead to amazing understanding from deeper and wider angles across different minds.

Research helps us to discover and support with specific examples… rather than defend our views and attack others. Great team players tend to avoid polemics in favor of reflecting on interesting opposites, in ways that generate a new whole with facts from both sides. How so?

Here are topics with interesting, supportable opposing viewpoints

TOPIC One view Opposing view
1. Education Back to basics Brain based
2. Sports Paid fairly Paid unfairly
3. Politics Builds community Erodes groups
4. Media Represents most Represents few
5. Depression Treat with drugs Without drugs
6. Immigrants Great asset Not an asset
7. College Necessary Overrated
8. Salaries Fair for most Unfair for most
9. Family Helps most kids Hinders many
10. Healthcare Fair to most Unfair to most
11. Weightloss More diets Less diets
12. Nature Over-stressed Under-stressed
13. Animals Spay Don’t spay
14. Equity Growing in US Shrunk in US
15. Outsource Good idea Bad idea
16. Arts More emphasis Less emphasis
17. Creativity Can teach Cannot  teach
18. Tone Can help all Cannot help all
19. Birthrates Too high Too low
20. Intelligence IQ is fixed IQ is not fixed
21. Friendships Easy to keep Hard to keep
22. Divorce Is a good idea Not a good idea
23. Stress Good at  times Always harmful
24. Music Should copy free No free copies
25. Gender Fair treatment Unfair
26. Age Young preferred Aged preferred
27. Power From hard work From privilege

In order to extend insights, from diverse ideas we at the Mita International Brain Center question to hear more of what they understand about their view? We affirm concepts we share in common. We suggest various angles a wider community appreciates. We build innovative projects together – that borrow from ideas on opposite sides of the issue. We take the tone survey to increase intrapersonal intelligence.

To engage opposing views is to free people to add their names beside their unique ideas in online discussion boards. Commenters from opposite sides leave us learning from unexpected melodies on interesting topics. Worth another look at  tone tactics that replace flame wars with peace plans to move genius ideas forward together?

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