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  •  You're more right than you know (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, bontemps2012

    [right as in correct]. In psychology its called compartmentalization. Some people are really really good at it: each idea in their head is held in a separate "bubble" from every other idea. If one thought contradicts another, it might look like hypocrisy to everyone else, but to them there is nothing inconsistent about it. If you should point out the contradiction to them, they won't know what the heck you're on about, whether due to poor reasoning skills or dogmatism overriding their reasoning skills.

    That is why it can be so painful trying to argue. Each "bubble" of beliefs in their head is unarguably true, and to them it is invalid to apply logic in any systematic way. Basically, it is, to them, psychologically impossible to question the beliefs that other people like them put into their head, no matter how illogical or self-contradictory.

    •  Slogans override weak inductive logic. (0+ / 0-)

      Which they don't trust anyway.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:43:18 PM PST

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