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  1. #1 Is there a metric for Toleration of Controversy? 
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    We have a metric for Toleration of Ambiguity.
    But is there a test for Toleration of Controversy. . . or the ability to remain calm when discussing controversial topics?
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    "a metric for Toleration of Ambiguity"

    I've seen a description which might function as a definition, but we can't measure such a thing in any reliable way or apply a scale to any given person's thinking or argument.

    As for controversy. I find most people are pretty reasonable most of the time discussing something where there's a genuine lack of definite information or clear guidance from research.

    The biggest issue with discussions where a participant claims that the view they're advancing is controversial is that very often they've failed to distinguish between controversy and contrarianism. Taking up a differing or an opposing view simply in order to create an apparent disagreement is not discussing a controversy - it's being a pain in the neck. To tell the other participants that they can't tolerate controversy in such circumstances would be just an ugly cherry on a very stale cake.

    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
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    "A modest proposal"?
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    I find what makes it problematic is when someone is trying to further a personal agenda, usually people who don't have an agenda other than for knowledge sake are more capable of discussing differing sides of an issue.
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    Yes, a personal agenda can interfere with objectivity, but rigid (or OCP) people are often angry with opposing opinions even when they have no skin in the game.
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