Contrary to popular opinion, being open-minded is not about treating every silly point of view as if it were the equal of a stance based on reason nor is it about believing everything one hears nor even about giving every fantasy world someone claims to have experienced the same credibility as reality. In fact, being open-minded is about:
- Establishing exactly what claim is being made, what phenomenon is being tested or evaluated.
- Establishing all possible explanations to account for the phenomenon and, if possible ...
- Setting up and executing a series of strictly controlled tests or observations designed to systematically and rationally eliminate the wrong possibilities and establish which accounts for the phenomenon in question.