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Re: [ontolog-forum] Model or Reality

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 10:27:50 -0500
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On Aug 8, 2007, at 4:58 PM, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey wrote:
> I have known a few "true believers" who grew to question beliefs they
> had once considered unshakeable. In retrospect, they agreed that if
> their beliefs had really been all that unshakeable, they wouldn't
> have felt such a need to stamp out the opposition.
> It is those whose beliefs are NOT unshakeable, but who WANT them to
> be unshakeable because they are afraid of having their worldview
> turned upside down, who have a psychological need to marginalize or
> destroy those who don't agree with them.    (01)

Fair enough, though I think that over time the beliefs in question  
*do* become psychologically unshakeable, as the ability to think  
critically is lost and one's worldview becomes fixed and ossified.   
At that point the marginalization or destruction of "nonbelievers" is  
no longer rooted in a fear of being wrong but rather in a sort of  
hardwired irrationality.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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