- The problem with ideology is, if you've got an ideology, you've already got your mind made up. You know all the answers and that makes evidence irrelevant and arguments a waste of time. You tend to govern by assertion and attacks.
- Bill Clinton former president of the USA, 18th Oct 2006 , at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress.
About this quote:
- When practicing science, we understand that we must alter our paradigms to fit new evidence, but ideology makes us alter new evidence to fit our paradigms. Many argue that we should allow free speech and consider alternative viewpoints because 'we might be wrong.' Actually, we should consider alternative viewpoints because we are certainly wrong and the only way to be less wrong is to have our views challenged. Ideological thinking stifles this open-mindedness that would help eliminate errors in our thinking.
Peter1c this quote is by an academic. However, I can't find this particular quote cited elsewhere and I don't know if that is enough to meet WQ:QUOTABILITY. I don't have strong feelings toward its inclusion so I will let other discuss it. Rupert Loup 16:26, 22 March 2020 (UTC)
Hi Rupert Loup. This is the notability criterion for academics:
- The person's research has had a significant impact in their scholarly discipline, broadly construed, as demonstrated by independent reliable sources.
- The person has received a highly prestigious academic award or honor at a national or international level.
- The person has been an elected member of a highly selective and prestigious scholarly society or association (e.g., a National Academy of Sciences or the Royal Society) or a fellow of a major scholarly society which reserves fellow status as a highly selective honor (e.g., Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
- The person's academic work has made a significant impact in the area of higher education, affecting a substantial number of academic institutions.
- The person has held a named chair appointment or distinguished professor appointment at a major institution of higher education and research, or an equivalent position in countries where named chairs are uncommon.
- The person has held a highest-level elected or appointed administrative post at a major academic institution or major academic society.
- The person has had a substantial impact outside academia in their academic capacity.
- The person has been the head or chief editor of a major, well-established academic journal in their subject area.
My impression is that if either the source or the publication is notable (e.g. peer reviewed), quotation can be included. Exceptions could also be made for quotations that are widely quoted, etc. ~ Peter1c (talk)
- Wikipedia is an enciclopedia and it have different standards and policies. Here we follow WQ:Q. Also, as I said, I don't really have strong feelings for their inclusion or their removal. Rupert Loup 02:57, 25 March 2020 (UTC)