Thursday, 20 January 2011
If the only thing that matters is getting other people to believe the same thing as you do, then most conversation is pretty pointless. You don't really need to learn anything, beyond what will bring people around to your beliefs. It would seem strange to make something that would be conducive to community or to informing those who already share a similar disposition. All of that would look like wasted effort. The value of belief becomes solely the societal prevalence of that belief, and to heck with all of those who might thing that there's more to a belief than affirming it.