posted on Jun, 14 2011 @ 01:07 PM
I call people ignorant because they're wrong and because they need to learn how to actually think.
Now I'm sure a hundred thousand people will sigh and go "Really? How arrogant of you! Opinions are just that!" but that's not true at all. Given a
discussion point and contrary opinions, some of those opinions are closer to the truth and evidence than others and hence there are inevitably
opinions that are "more right."
Now we get to the point where "what is valid evidence?" becomes a valid question and at that point society has given us a very useful set of
analytical tools that are not found in the gut or the emotions, but based largely in inductive reasoning and the scientific method. Make observations,
hear the perspectives and evidence, challenge the sources' biases, work your way around to the conclusion while seeing others' conclusions and how
they arrived at their conclusions (if different, how can they be resolved? did you miss something? did they miss something? are you wrong
Furthermore psychology and formal logic have given us the tools for analysis of our thought processes, heuristic and cognitive biases, evidentiary
techniques, and fallacies we might engage in.
The summation of these create an opinion that is usually substantiated by significant evidence and critical thought.
Hence when you disagree with me on an issue that I have studied in depth and researched heavily and then post paragraphs on and you play into some
emotional, reverse scientific method, fallacious, stereotypical diatribe, I know I'm right and I know you're wrong (and likely stupid...which is
okay, given most people in the world are).
Now I'll admit when I don't know enough about the issue to make a valid conclusion. I'll acknowledge valid points. I have even changed my paradigm
completely on topics in a matter of months (for example I went from truther camp to "OMG not another truther" camp). So when I encounter rigidity,
resistance of change, etc. I immediately am reinforced in my rightness.
Now that still probably sounds very arrogant and it's supposed to. Because the truth is I probably do know more than you for a variety of reasons
that I will not even approach in this thread. But nevertheless, I admit I don't know nearly everything and I am open to learn.
However be sure, there is truth in the statement "ignorance is bliss." Confronting reality with your fantasies is a lot harder than confronting
reality in a manner impartial as possible.