Street Epistemology

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chaggle
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Street Epistemology

Post by chaggle » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:01 pm

This seems quite a useful site - cursory pass only, I haven't looked at it in detail.

https://streetepistemology.com/publicat ... the_basics
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Re: Street Epistemology

Post by Tony.Williams » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:22 am

Too much trouble for too little return, I suspect.

It has become pretty well established that, with rare exceptions, you cannot change people's deeply-held opinions by reasoned argument. Evidence has nothing to do with it - it will be rejected as fake, or just ignored.

Ogden Nash said: "The door of a bigoted mind opens outwards so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly." The only correction needed to that is that it doesn't just apply to unusually bigoted minds, but to everyone who has an emotional attachment to a particular belief.

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