We can learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
Learning is a life long process perpetuated by the intent and the curiosity to discern the truth and shine light upon the obscure; the impetus that leads one from darkness into enlightenment. The continuation of this process aggregates one into schools of thought which are juxtaposed, and even antithetical at times, that help the person systematically categorize their position as seekers of knowledge. These multiple views in sight can tempt one to patronize other positions in order to lionize one's own 'correct' ways. But there are dangerous repercussions to being bound by the means of knowledge, which can make individuals overlook the end to the process. So, I place myself at disagreement with the statement at hand suggesting that we can learn a great deal with like-minded individuals as compared to the ones that are in contrast to our thoughts and perspectives, and for a good number of reasons at that.
To begin, the discussion with like-minded individuals, while healthy, and burnishing the flaws out of one school of thought, does not invite discussion or conversation that can bring out change, but rather reiterates what has already, in fact, been accepted by the people having such discussion. For instance, what new insights would two philosophers make who subscribe to the ideas of nihilism completely and believe that there is no inherent purpose to life? There would be no new inventions if all Engineers were in agreement that the problem of turbulent flow is too complex to solve. There need to be existentialists to go against the futility of Nihilism. Furthermore, adding absurdists to the mix is surely asking for an interesting result. Similarly, there need to be Engineers who claim they can solve the problem of turbulence; some individuals who are set on giving their lives to resolving the Navier-Stokes equation. These opposing factions bring about reevaluation mutually in their value systems, and thus, bring a change that a hackneyed discussion of like-minded people cannot court.
Further, dissent and discussion has evidently been a very productive and preferable solution to a lot of systemic problems of the world, warding off cult culture and dogmatism. An example can be the pervasive system of democracy that has spread like wild fire all around the world. Dissent is the beauty of democracy which means there can be respectful discussion, and even disagreement, on issues with individuals with a different point of view as long as the premise on which the discussion is based are equitable to both parties. Moreover, democracy has been proven to be a better alternative to fascism and dictatorship, which actually is indirectly related to the statement at hand. According to the statement, much can be learned from people with similar views, which can be stated in contrapositive as, "people with dissimilar views have nothing to teach us". This is the exact school of thought that tyrannical regimes have tried to impose upon the people by duress.
Not only are there harmful impacts of the statement bringing about dogmatism and partisanship, in fact, the placement of comprehensibility of knowledge of individuals based on their position relative to our own is a bias in itself. The prejudice that this statement entails is obfuscating since the statement suggests that humans whose views align with ours are inherently more intelligent or superior. It would not allow for one to even consider the position of the next individual who is at a discord with the us. The lack of discussion inspired by the statement makes it out to be quite discriminating.
So, to conclude, everyone is aware of the importance of knowledge, and so gaining it is imperative. The sources surely need to be authentic and reliable. But while we might have our personal biases towards views that are amicable to our vision of life, we cannot simply dismiss the presence of alternative realities that can be explicated on the basis of different schools of thought. A lack of acceptance can be detrimental to individuals, and consequently, a group of individuals. Therefore, in firmly echoing my position, more logically so, I disagree with the statement that one can learn more from an individual with a similar view point.
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
actually, but, consequently, furthermore, if, look, moreover, similarly, so, then, therefore, thus, while, for instance, in contrast, in fact, in contrast to
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 38.0 19.5258426966 195% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 21.0 12.4196629213 169% => OK
Conjunction : 22.0 14.8657303371 148% => OK
Relative clauses : 27.0 11.3162921348 239% => Less relative clauses wanted (maybe 'which' is over used).
Pronoun: 44.0 33.0505617978 133% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 119.0 58.6224719101 203% => Less preposition wanted.
Nominalization: 27.0 12.9106741573 209% => Less nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 3573.0 2235.4752809 160% => OK
No of words: 694.0 442.535393258 157% => Less content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.14841498559 5.05705443957 102% => OK
Fourth root words length: 5.13262893113 4.55969084622 113% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.05192660366 2.79657885939 109% => OK
Unique words: 344.0 215.323595506 160% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.495677233429 0.4932671777 100% => OK
syllable_count: 1121.4 704.065955056 159% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59117977528 101% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 8.0 6.24550561798 128% => OK
Article: 10.0 4.99550561798 200% => Less articles wanted as sentence beginning.
Subordination: 1.0 3.10617977528 32% => OK
Conjunction: 10.0 1.77640449438 563% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 7.0 4.38483146067 160% => OK
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 27.0 20.2370786517 133% => OK
Sentence length: 25.0 23.0359550562 109% => OK
Sentence length SD: 60.6522164313 60.3974514979 100% => OK
Chars per sentence: 132.333333333 118.986275619 111% => OK
Words per sentence: 25.7037037037 23.4991977007 109% => OK
Discourse Markers: 5.81481481481 5.21951772744 111% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.97078651685 101% => OK
Language errors: 0.0 7.80617977528 0% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 17.0 10.2758426966 165% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 7.0 5.13820224719 136% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 3.0 4.83258426966 62% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.259067758457 0.243740707755 106% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0637881190035 0.0831039109588 77% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0621309337107 0.0758088955206 82% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.151148433243 0.150359130593 101% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0459042580696 0.0667264976115 69% => OK
automated_readability_index: 15.7 14.1392134831 111% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 46.1 48.8420337079 94% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 7.92365168539 141% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 13.0 12.1743820225 107% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.89 12.1639044944 106% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.9 8.38706741573 106% => OK
difficult_words: 177.0 100.480337079 176% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 15.5 11.8971910112 130% => OK
gunning_fog: 12.0 11.2143820225 107% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.7820224719 110% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Write the essay in 30 minutes.
Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
Note: the e-grader does NOT examine the meaning of words and ideas. VIP users will receive further evaluations by advanced module of e-grader and human graders.