Edge has a collection of confessionals from its usual pool of celebrity intellectuals. The subject is an excellent one: what have you changed your mind about?
I particularly like Clay Shirkey’s, because I was also raised Episcopalian and held similar views about the compatibility of religion and science.
Some other things I’ve changed my mind about:
Magic: I haven’t described myself as a magician in quite some time, after having spent enough years dabbling in it to conclude that it doesn’t work, at least not without dedicating such insane levels of time and effort that the time is better spent actually working accomplishing goals than making deals with deities and learning to meditate for several hours a day.
Socialism: I used to describe myself as a socialist. Mostly I’ve changed my mind about definitions of socialism, rather than having a significant change in my political thinking (though that’s always evolving as well).
Religion: I used to believe that religion was not inherently bad. Again, this has more to do with challenging my definition of what religion means. Any belief system based on faith and not reason is dangerous, whether it’s Hindu, Christianity, socialism, or libertarianism.
What have you changed your mind about?