Facts don’t win arguments. The Backfire Effect

Having armed myself with all the facts over the years I was stunned that some people just cannot see the truth no matter the facts.


Julia Galef suggests we firm a collaborative partnership to root out poor or fallacious arguments so that both teams arrive at an agreement.


Peter Boghossian goes one step further and suggests encouraging the other party to question their own beliefs and assumptions: “get them to question the manner in which they’ve reached their beliefs—that is, get them to question the value of faith in appraising the world. Once they question the value of faith, all the unevidenced and unreasoned beliefs will inevitably collapse on their own. ”


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