Why are we called the Open Minds Foundation, and what precisely is an open mind? I was at the meeting where the name was first suggested, but was out of the room, and no one seemed sure who had come up with it. I wanted to know, because I embraced it immediately.

But, if an open mind is open to influence, would a closed mind be better? I think we are on fairly safe ground. The online Cambridge Dictionary tells us that to keep an open mind means, “to wait until you know all the facts before forming an opinion or making a judgment.” And that is precisely what we would like people to do.

It is also worth realizing that we may never actually have all the facts, so a truly open mind is willing to consider new information and revise opinions and judgments in light of that new information. An open mind is a healthy mind.

What do you think about this article? Do you agree? Have you read Jon’s book, Opening Minds? Do you have a story about having an open mind that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!