[ExI] Be nice to leftists

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon May 26 21:43:26 UTC 2014

On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Tara Maya  wrote:
> > How any sane person could compare the crimes of Mao Zedong to the
> "crimes" of
> > manufacturing the goods and services of the modern world is a level
> intellectual
> > dishonesty and/or muddle-headedness that is simply beyond my
> comprehension.
> And they say the same about you.
> That's because politics and religion is emotionally driven. Non-rational.
> You cannot argue anyone out of their basic beliefs. Argument, even
> contrary evidence, just reinforces their determination to hold on to
> their beliefs.
> BillK

​Au contraire - there is an entire and enormous field of psychology devoted
to attitude change and creation.  In economic psychology there is
marketing.  Thousands of studies - change and creation occur constantly.
One tip: do not present an argument far different from the people whose
attitudes you are trying to change.  Just try to move them a little way or
you will get the stubbornness indicated by billk.  But sometimes huge
changes, like from religious to atheist or the reverse happen​.  Just a
little thing like whether the pro argument is first or after the con
argument matters.  Dozens of variables matter aside from the strength of a
person' belief.  bill w

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