For my part, whatever I’ve been guilty of, and whatever I’ve been perceived as being guilty of, I think this guy offers some salient, current points.
Yesterday I posted the following comment as my status on Facebook:
“After several years of getting drawn in to various debates on Facebook, I have come to a conclusion. About 95% of the people commenting care nothing whatsoever about evidence or chains of reasoning or the search for truth. They are concerned only with what statements will make them appear cool, intelligent, or with it to whatever group they are trying to impress.”
The response–an unusually high number of “likes” and not a few comments–suggested I had hit a nerve. All of those commenting basically agreed with me. Either I was in the group they were trying to impress, or I had just attracted all the rational exceptions to the rule. (Either generalization would probably be dangerous!)
The bottom line is that, while there are many exceptions, the level of rational discourse of which…
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