How do I read a book I don't agree with?

How do I read a book I don't agree with?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    By taking notes as you read it
    Then turn the experience into an essay
    Then put it out there into the world so people can read it.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do what I do. Put it down every five minutes to pace around and rant to yourself about it, then sit back down and keep reading.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i do this even with books i agree with

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You need to step up your game. I just put on the audiobook so I can pace and rant through the entire book. Reading is a dialogue.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          you're absolutely right. im inspired by your example

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Everytime something particularly bothers you. Lower the book. Look up from your readings. Say "I disagree." Then continue

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can only do that if you don't have a significant emotional connection to your opinions.
    Example: despite disagreeing with them, I can read honestly read flat earth books because I don't care about the earth's shape on an emotional level. Therefore I don't care if I'm wrong and the earth is indeed flat.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's not about beign wrong, it's about getting agnry that someone believes it

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Same thing applies. You are still putting your emotions on your opinions, so you get angry when another person has a different opinion (Or, in your closed mind, a "wrong opinion")

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          it's not closed minded to have your feelings hurt when someone says a bad thing. it's just human

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            It is childish to be hurt over a difference of opinion and a difference of opinion is not a "bad thing."
            >but they are advocating for eating babies!
            Don't be a moron swinging to the fences.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The nature of belief would entail at least some emotional attachment to your opinion (as you perceive it to be true, and thus believe in it), and when someone disagrees it makes perfect sense to get frustrated (not necessarily because they are disagreeing with you, but rather because they are rejecting the truth). The issue here isn't having emotions for your opinions, but rather having those emotions overtake you or cloud you.

            If you don't have any emotional connection to your opinions, then you don't believe in them and they aren't really your opinions, just an opinion you decided to take as your own.
            >inb4 semantics

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I hate to be an eastoid, but if you've done any introspection at all, you quickly realize that there is no (you) holding the opinion and you are merely an experiant that experiences viral thoughtforms at (nearly) the same time as emotional responses in the phenomenal field and assumes that they are more related than they are. It's all empty aggregates and fleeting responses to them outside of whatever (you) are as the thing experiencing them. Anything else sounds as absurd and moronic as children's conceptions of science or most adult's conceptions of the source of what they're hearing in a studio album.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            That is not being an eastoid, part of the west just as much and we have a good number of aphorisms which apply. Self reflection is important for anyone who desires to be more than a sheep.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            it's involuntary and some things are bad to believe

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Try to imagine how people with wrong opinions see the world and think of ways of convincing them that you are right instead of giving in to your moronic monkey brain's moronic monkey impulses. Part of being an adult is learning emotional control.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            No, the childish view is that differences of opinion don't matter at all. It's wishful thinking supporting your fantasy that you can just freely mouth off to everyone without risking your relationship and reputation.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            you read as you would read any other thing you disagree
            If it is painful, you just stop, simple as that
            But bear the fact that you will be probably be closing your mind to other points of view, and my opinion the best way to acquire real knowledge is by putting your previous knowledge to test, so it can be confronted by relevant arguments, so you can finally decide by yourself what is right or wrong

            it's involuntary and some things are bad to believe

            Every human has different opinions, you will disagree with EVERY SINGLE author in some points. When you are reading a book you are not reading a letter directed to you or a IQfy post. You are reading the soul of a person.
            You should forget about your opinions while reading and understand that said person has a completely different worldview than you. You shouldn't try to adapt that worldview to yours immediatly, you should instead try to analyze and understand it first, while also understanding the context of the author and his beliefs and the reason why he beliefs what he beliefs.
            To put an example, some atheists read the Bible and they can't stop criticizing it in their heads, thus they end up hating it. But some other atheists read the Bible and they end up loving it because of its literary value, because of its cultural value, because of its stories, etc. Even though they don't believe in it, and even though the book says that they'll die in fire.

            No, the childish view is that differences of opinion don't matter at all. It's wishful thinking supporting your fantasy that you can just freely mouth off to everyone without risking your relationship and reputation.

            This applies if we were talking about speaking to a friend, family member, or to another person in general. But no, we are talking about reading a book and being mature enough to understand other people's beliefs and worldviews.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    take what you find useful from it and meditate upon it. you don't have to agree with the sentiment but don't go in with a closed mind. thats how I approached "Beyond Freedom & Dignity" by B. Skinner.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    with your eyeballs

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You exercise the self awareness you lack with all the books you read that you do agree with. Would be better if you exercised that self awareness with the books you do agree with as well. No point in reading a book if it does not challenge your beliefs in some way.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    By scoffing a lot

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Correct.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you read as you would read any other thing you disagree
    If it is painful, you just stop, simple as that
    But bear the fact that you will be probably be closing your mind to other points of view, and my opinion the best way to acquire real knowledge is by putting your previous knowledge to test, so it can be confronted by relevant arguments, so you can finally decide by yourself what is right or wrong

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      sorry for poor grammar, I am typing on phone

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You read it, then slam your fist down on it and say THIS IS BULLSHIT out loud. You read a stupid thing and eyeroll and look into an imaginary camera to signal how stupid it is. Say CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS SHIT to yourself. Close your fist and shake it at the author photo to let him know you’re calling him out.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    First step (impossible for weak-minded morons) is to not be an insecure homosexual.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Which opinion is making you angry? I could play the devil's advocate to help you put yourself in the shoes of people who believe it. People rarely believe things for no reason except when they were indoctrinated from birth.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Think of it as information gathering to better argue against it.

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