Q Why is there so much polarization and indifference to arguments from "the otherside" ? A Because we have believed too much in resolving arguments with another argument ? You heard it first on Emperors Academy
It seems to me that --- its not the polarisation or strength of arguments that is troubling the West, but the failure of so many arguments to give strength to any argument .
As Greg Sheridan , following Dostoyevsky . says in his “ God is good for you “ if you don’t put God in the picture , you haven’t got a picture : nothing to frame, nothing to gain
People are pushing too hard with rationale when rationale is never enough. We all need to stop being so Greek and think more like the Hebrews http://thinkhebrew.blogspot.com
Because this new belief in the power of mere logic doesn't , work people are short circuiting good arguments and inserting power words to try and win moral points : annoying, non objective and often a waste of time.
Take an example of polarization that cuts deep - eating meat in the West .
Many westerners now attach "the survival of the planet " or the " cruelty to animals ;" to the paradox of animals needing to eat each other. We can build up a picture using such arguments but is it a consistent picture? No it is not - Many are NOW creating sins associated with meat eating of any kind.
Clearly from my point of view as an ecologist, the former argument is just not true to nature , Animals eat each other , the reason why humans shouldn't must come from a god camp of some kind ? Cruelty is not a God issue – it’s a man issue. Confusion about connections is now the new norm. . we could go on
I therefore conclude as a scientist that many people only talk science (because its supposed to have moral value ) but do not practice it - esp because they can't or won't follow a long argument or recognise the limitations and complexities of causation research .
When faced with their reluctance to go on the long journey of logic they chose the shortest route ....... and make you do all the work.
The lack of respect for sound science in practice is profound and was predicted by our best scientific minds nearly 100 years ago .
The chickens are coming home to roost in unhappy gatherings of god like roosters ; who only claim their own ownership of higher perches.