Once you no longer have a need for a contrary opinion, you’ve settled into a religious faith.
Though most of the material I read is confirmation bias stuff. I’ve got no problem with that, I’ve got an opinion or perspective, I pick up books that talk about it in a way that will be enjoyable or exciting or engaging (and hopefully all of those to various degrees). Like music. I don’t listen to music that I don’t enjoy, I’m not an academic or scientist and there’s enough material out there on most of the topics I’m interested in that I don’t have to read contrarian works.
Most of the time, at least. There are a few cases where my interests aren’t shared with enough people to have advocates erudite enough to write a body of contemporary works. So when I’m not reading blogs or mailing lists I’ll pick up a book by an author on the other side of the question.
It’s good, certainly, for the possibility that a strong argument can be made to change my opinion or show me an aspect that I haven’t considered.
I’m also considering book blogging. Posting the progress of a book in the works. Since they progress fairly slowly at times, I think it may be interesting. Cover design concepts, type selection, etc. etc. Haven’t decided what project to do.
There’s an interview on Pajamas TV with the (a?) guy behind MPI, a film company using the internet to promote and distribute films outside of the studio system. I don’t know of a way to embed that video here, so I’m just putting the link above.
Here’s the trailer for 2081, a yet-to-be-released film from MPI that I’m really exciting to see: