[extropy-chat] Changing Other Poster's Minds
emlynoregan at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 10:36:18 UTC 2007
> That *never* happens in deep political or philosophical discussions
> because (a) emotions are involved (b) positions have been years or
> decades in the making, and contrary information has during all that
> time filtered out, and (c) even when our position is irrevocably
> weakened, we rationalize in order to preserve the integrity of our
> beliefs (i.e. wholeness of them), and in order to avoid losing face.
I believe this occurs when there's no useful evidence for any of the
positions in the subject in question. It's a good indicator that the
entire subject area is essentially content free, and could be safely
ignored until someone discovers something new.
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