Author Topic: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion  (Read 821 times)

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Offline Gorgeous Graham

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Re: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:42:21 pm »
The problem with facts is there very few of them. Most decisions we have make are based on uncertainties which may be expressed as probabilities at best. This often requires people to make judgements based on values rather than facts. People are generally unable to empathize with people who have different values and that is why the echo chambers have evolved. Much of the divide between the left and the right comes down to values and the relative priorities used to resolve inevitable conflicts between values.

True enough.  But statistical probabilities are still based on facts.  We can't predict the future but we can make the most logical guesses based on the info.  This is how baseball teams win these days, nobody can predict future performance but using past stats you can make very educated projections instead of just instinctual guesses.

Values are just what we choose to use that info for, or what outcomes we want given that info.  The garbage comes when people manipulate or selectively choose facts based on their values in order to argue that their values & by extension their policy stances are superior. I think we're all guilty of doing that.  And we all like to think that our values & pet policies are determined by the facts, but that's often not true.
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