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    (lose/win) an argument

    We may be naturally curious animals, but once we have formed an opinion about something we are reluctant to change our minds. We are attached to our beliefs partly because they are familiar, partly because they reflect our identity, and partly because we dislike the uncertainty that comes from questioning them. (‘I know what I think, so please don’t confuse me with facts.‘) We also tend to prefer ’common-sense’ falsehoods to complex, difficult-to-understand truths. While such intellectual laziness may be understandable, it means that when we are confronted with evidence that threatens our opinions we sometimes find it easier to reject ― and then forget ― the evidence than revise our opinions. As you may have noticed, when people (lose/win) an argument, they rarely change their minds.

    The answer is "lose an argument", but I felt "win an argument" is correct as you may not change what you have gained and what you think is correct. What do you think?



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    Re: (lose/win) an argument

    Only lose makes sense in that context. It was just talking about rejecting evidence that challenges our opinions.

    We would not expect the winner of an argument to change his mind. We would expect the loser to, if they were purely rational.

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    Re: (lose/win) an argument

    Do you mean losers can't change their new opnions once they get them in a debate? Is it because the new opinion has been proven to be correct? Then why can't a winner change it?

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