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Originally posted by Jadette
In some ways this makes this entire forum useless. We have thousands of soliloquies and no true debate and conversation, each side convinced that they are right, and only hearing the pieces of facts that fit their opinions and views, and ignoring the rest. There is no learning, no exchange of ideas, only circular topics, again and again, around and around, never gaining ground.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
So true! I say whoever wants to avoid this and actually start learning have a go at Wikipedia's list of cognitive biases. Learning psychology isn't about figuring out how to influence others -- it's about figuring out one's own self.
Originally posted by NGC2736
reply to post by Jadette
Oh, I change my mind fairly often. New facts and perspectives do that. I find my time here well spent, and very informative.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
The interesting addition you make to this thread is in emphasizing the difference between LOCAL news and global news.
It seems to be our habit to see more evil and badness somewhere far away or in foreign countries.
rampant deforestation and un-checked sprawl, severe drought, illegal immigration, smog and excessive waste of fuel caused by a million SUV's, out-of-control consumerism