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Rhetoric and Reason

It’s been said “it is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing which he was never reasoned into.” Thus the power of rhetoric and emotional persuasion.

I wonder if there’s an overlap between being “principled,” and being open to logical arguments against a position one holds. Relatedly, I wonder if those who base their positions on emotion could be fairly described as “unprincipled.” Finally, I wonder how these different approaches to grasping truth relate to the political stances often called “conservative,” “progressive” and “libertarian.”

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Overheard in Karate Class

You can always find someone better than you, or with more experience, but you should never find someone who works harder than you.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Free Will, Mind

 

Illusory Meaning

There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.”
– Daniel Dennett, a gentleman who believes regarding something as “dear” is a result of chemical reactions.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Free Will, Metaphysics, Mind