[ExI] a little essay on anger and respect

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 25 15:00:49 UTC 2023

 Belief overrides reason almost every time
for the vast majority of people.  spike

How do you know this,  Spike and Ben?  What is the basis for your belief?
Just a general cynicism about humans?  'People are getting dumber'- a
question on Quora this morning for me.  My answer - how do you know this?
"Well, doesn't everyone know these things?"  Nope.

A better sentence:  many times irrational ideas override reason.  But it
varies from person to person, just like anything else.  I think perhaps
extremists at either end of the spectrum will fit the statement better.
Statements that apply to most of the human race are very difficult to make
in a valid way.   bill w

On Tue, Apr 25, 2023 at 9:50 AM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> ...> On Behalf Of Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat
> Subject: Re: [ExI] a little essay on anger and respect
> >... Belief overrides reason every time, and for the vast majority of
> people, it's their feelings that drive their thinking and behaviour, not
> reason... Ben
> Ben your comment is almost right.  Belief overrides reason almost every
> time
> for the vast majority of people.
> I speak as one (of only two people I know) who reasoned my way out of my
> religion.  I saw nothing morally or ethically wrong with it, still don't.
> But the underlying theory was incorrect.  It took me years to come to grips
> with that, but eventually I did.
> There are remaining contradictions in a way.  I personally know people who
> accept and embrace my former religion in a way that saved their lives and
> made them into decent people.  They "know" the theory isn't right, but go
> along with it anyway because the fake-it-till-you-make-it notion works for
> some.  They have a higher tolerance for cognitive dissonance than I do
> perhaps.
> spike
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