Keep An Open Mind

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

Besides being the title of a book by Earl Weaver I think it’s a great reminder to keep an open mind and remember that no matter how intelligent one may be, no one knows everything about anything.

During a trip yesterday to the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania with my friend Charlie I discovered this car:

1963 Mustang 1

A picture I took at the AACA Museum. Although I have stopped the What Car Is This? feature, what car is this? Need more help? Another photo:

1963 Mustang 2

The tail lights should be a clue. OK, how about this?

1963 Mustang Text

I have learned a lot about cars in my life and especially in the last two or three years, but I had never heard of this car before yesterday. I also think it is better looking than any production Mustang.

I have read that in the case of cognitive dissonance—when new information contradicts previously held beliefs—up to 90% of people dig in their mental heels and hold on to their previously held beliefs even more. While people are entitled to their opinions no one is entitled to their own facts.

The famous economist John Maynard Keynes has been credited with saying, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” While he may or may not have actually uttered those words I think they are, nevertheless, a good roadmap for life.


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