Here is a wonderful, personal reflection and argument on faith, cognition, and process by Eric Linus Kaplan who, besides being a writer for Big Bang Theory, is a wonderful philosophical wrier. I love this post’s intimate comical/philosophical moments.
Sometimes I’ve found myself frustrated arguing with people about deep important beliefs. I’ll come up with what I think is a good argument and they will remain unmoved. For example I once forwarded to a scientologist the devastating New Yorker piece which showed that a major part of the founding belief of the Church of Scientology — that the founder, L.Ron Hubbard had been injured in a naval battle and cured himself through mind science — was based on a forgery. His response was “Meh.”
It occurred to me that I was violating the old maxim — you can’t reason someone out of a belief that they didn’t reason themselves into. People embrace big views — religions and political ones — for reasons having to do primarily with emotion, aesthetic response, and group identification. If they embrace views like that you are not going to get them out of them…
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