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Friday, September 18, 2009

Why we really make decisions the way we do

John Stuart Mill had this (and a lot more) to say:

So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses instability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it. For if it were accepted as a result of argument, the refutation of the argument might shake the solidity of the conviction; but when it rests solely on feeling, worse it fares in argumentative contest, the more persuaded adherents are that their feeling must have some deeper ground, which the arguments do not reach; and while the feeling remains, it is always throwing up fresh intrenchments of argument to repair any breach made in the old. John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women, 1869, Chapter 1, 2nd paragraph. (Public Domain)

So what we argue for is mostly based on how we feel, not the validity of the position. Old news, but sobering.

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Martin LaBar said...


Martin LaBar said...

I received a comment in Italian, which Blogger automatically deleted. Sorry, and thanks.

Ho ricevuto un commento in italiano, che Blogger cancellati automaticamente. Ci dispiace, e thanks.