In Defense Of “Flip-Floppers”
Public figures, especially politicians, are often derided for flip-flopping, but – far from being a mark of shame – changing one's mind based on new evidence is a good thing.
We should all laude the intellectual bravery of those willing to hear information that contradicts their existing worldviews and respect those open to changing their minds because of it.
As a cognitive scientist and the head of a premier college devoted to women's intellectual leadership, I strive to create brave spaces – not safe spaces.
Originally published: January 31, 2022
Author: Sian Beilock
Institution: Barnard College
Published by: Forbes