posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Well as I was saying before, a large part of such conflict comes from each side attempting to "enlighten" each other too fast. lets take this out of
the abstract. Bob is a neuroscientist, and Sally is a psychic. Bob has been taught in school that the phenomenon that Sally claims is a psychic
ability is really brain damage in some part of Sally's brain. (Believe it or not i'm not a neuroscientist so I'm not going to attempt to incorporate
too many details.) Bob can say one of the following:
Sally your an idiot with brain mush up your ears
Sally I understand that you think you are psychic, but in truth you are delusional, you have brain damage.
Or bob can slowly explane to sally the neuroscience behind her "disorder" and they can actually take time to talk it out.
Option 1 will most certainly lead to a buildup of believers and non-believers all ganging up on each other.
The second option could go a few ways. While Bob isn't being overly insulting, he isn't giving Sally much of a reason to change her mind. Perhaps
Sally already knows she has brain damage, and thinks that she gets her powers from something being different in there, perhaps not. The point being
that from Sally's perspective some random person online is calling her delusional. She probably expected to here it somewhere so she won't
necessarily take Bob's warnings to heart.
Now through the third option Sally and Bob listen, rather than just waiting for a chance to hammer in their next insult they can try listening to each
other with open minds (note that sally has to listen too as is illustrated in dark ghost's second post), and through their debate, if they are willing
to give it the time to explane the fundamentals behind their viewpoints, and one of them may end up convincing the other. (I'm not saying who was
right, because I'm not making up their whole discussion, if you want to know go have an intellectual debate
edit on 23-11-2010 by sensen
because: minor rewording