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  •  The problem isn't so much the 'knee-jerk', it's (0+ / 0-)

    the 'preconceived notions' crap.

    The difference between the radical left and the bigoted right boils down to this: the former starts with facts and reaches conclusions, generally right, sometimes wrong. The latter starts with conclusions and cherry-picks facts so as to not disturb the preordained conclusions.

    Who says that opinions that we arrived to through reasoning should be defended less passionately than those beliefs which are hard-wired into the primitive part of the brain? If it sounds like knee-jerk, so be it.

    •  sorry, too pat for me (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not interested in generalizing about "the radical left." But I've encountered some opinions here that don't seem especially rational to me, and their adherents often haven't seemed amenable to rational discussion. If you think that the "bigoted right" has a monopoly on cherry-picking, I have to wonder if you're paying attention.

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