“You can always change your mind”

Last week at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival I was walking around with a friend taking it all in, when a street musician asked us if we wanted to see a trick. I love magic so I would have loved to stop, but my friend was on a mission and politely declined. That’s when the magician said this:

“You can always change your mind.”

I turned around and flashed him a huge smile before my friend dragged me away.

He had summed up the philosophy I now try to live by. Changing my mind is what it means to be a skeptic. It’s about basing my knowledge on evidence and new information, and being open-minded enough to change my mind in spite of  my prior beliefs.

Cheers  to you, Mr. Fringe  Magician Dude!

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4 Responses to ““You can always change your mind””


  1. 1 poppies July 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

    That’s a great anecdote.

    No offense is intended, but it has sounded to me like you’re pretty settled in your current beliefs. Do you really consider yourself open to theism?

  2. 2 Bjørnar July 29, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Completely unconnected to this post, just like the above commenter. I just followed you here from a comment on skepchick and had to say I love the title of the blog. 😀

  3. 3 linzeebinzee July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

    The reason I’m settled in my non-belief is that there isn’t any evidence that would suggest that there is a god. If someone were to show me that evidence then absolutely I would change my mind.

  4. 4 linzeebinzee July 29, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Bjørnar!


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