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Tired of Strong Opinions Weakly Held

February 9th, 2010

Strong opinions weakly held is a common conversational / debating approach within IT. Basically you defend your opinion until someone disproves it, at which time you adopt the more correct opinion. This approach works well in IT where allotted time for debates are limited and the cumulative knowledge of the team outweighs the individual. This approach doesn’t work as well in the real world. Using this technique with unsuspecting civilians (especially new acquaintances) can results in the victim thinking you’re a) high strung, b) psychotic, c) egotistical, d) possibly a jerk. Actually, this approach can get tiresome in the IT realm too.

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Musings Tags:
  1. February 9th, 2010 at 09:45 | #1

    I usually get arrogant ;).

    I think this does/can work in the real world. I just think that the art of (or education to engage in) debate has been lost.

    This is something that I’ve struggled with, because I am always looking for someone to disprove my ideas and get that feedback, but ultimately there isn’t a willingness to discuss or that my passion is misconstrued as arrogance/ego.

  2. Adam Kahtava
    March 7th, 2010 at 20:46 | #2

    Agreed, the art of debate is being lost. Maybe too many people adopt prefabricated opinions without giving them enough thought?

    Could the misconception of arrogance/ego be avoided if both parties were on the same page? ‘I am now entering into a debate with you civilian’. Not sure… :)

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