You’re absolutely right; and there is certainly a happy medium between open-mindedness and scepticism. As a matter of fact, the next topic to be discussed on this blog will be on the two dispositions in particular – so keep an eye out for it! However, even if an idea appears ‘dumb’, sometimes consideration of it could potentially lead to an intelligent, critically considered conclusion. In this way, open-mindedness follows the same mechanics as ‘brainstorming’ ideas, in that no idea is a bad one because the ‘bad ones’ very often provide a foundation for a ‘good one’.