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But quite frequently I've come out with my position nuanced... even just a little bit. And with enough nuancings... you eventually end up with a quite different position.

That's almost exactly my experience. Giant world-changing epiphanies are rare, although they do happen occasionally. But it's not so rare to find positions changing with counter-arguments.

It also works from the other side. Trying to put together a coherent argument takes some thought, and often I'll find that my beliefs and positions change, or at least become clearer, as I try to do that.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 12:33:17 PM EST
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