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    Take heart

    This paragraph is from a textbook of mine (Critical Thinking, 10e.)

    Of course, majority opinions sometimes turn out to be incorrect, and
    even the most authoritative experts occasionally make mistakes. For example,
    various economics experts predicted good times ahead just before the Great
    Depression. Jim Denny, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley
    after one performance, stating that Presley wasnít going anywhere and ought
    to go back to driving a truck. A claim you accept because it represents the
    majority viewpoint or comes from the most authoritative expert may turn out
    to be thoroughly wrong. Nevertheless, take heart: At the time, you were rationally
    justified in accepting the majority viewpoint as the most authoritative
    claim. The reasonable position is the one that agrees with the most authoritative
    opinion but allows for enough open-mindedness to change if the evidence
    I'm assuming that "take heart" is a shortned form of the expression "take something to heart"? If so, isn't it strange how they shortned it? Wouldn't it make more sense to write it out more fully?


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    Re: Take heart

    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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