Friday, April 12, 2013

Why do people avoid philosophical discussions?

Someone asked that question on a philosophy forum, here.


Ilíon said...

I can think of at least two reasons:
1) Consistent critical/rational/logical thinking is more work than most people are willing to do most of the time.
2) If one ventures an opinion, sure as God made little green apples, someone else is bound to:
a) deny it (assert you are wrong);
b) refute it (demonstrate you are wrong).

Ilíon said...

... besides the fact that most people really don't like controversy, most people also can't automatically distinguish between 2a) and 2b). But, of course, that difficulty goes back to 1).