Author Topic: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion  (Read 777 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2017, 08:09:57 pm »
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.
Why should values driven by facts? Values are philosophical constructs. For example, someone can oppose abortion because they see the value of a soon-to-be human life to be more important than the rights of the mother. That is not a question of facts.

And yes we all engage in motivated reasoning where we attempt to justify ones values based on facts. But that is wrong headed. The primary reason people do it is because they are unwilling to accept that others do not share their values and attempt to argue that the "values" are actually based on facts. It is self-deception that fools no one and leads to conflict.