NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.
Are diets for women and girls only?
A children's book came under fire because it depicted a girl becoming popular and happy after she lost weight. Its author appeared on Fox News, wearing a large shirt that did little to camouflage his even larger pot belly. Does he think that diets are for women and girls only?
Similarly, I've heard obese men bitterly denounce obese women, whom they disparage with a variety of unflattering terms.
The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative
. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified?
Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking
: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”
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