The longer I live, the more I think that people believe what they decide they want to believe, defend what they want to defend, and repudiate what they want to repudiate, and the reason is always some ulterior motive under the surface (even if the motive is tribalism), and has little to do with trying to get at any actual reality. No one is interested in expanding their view of reality beyond that which they are already aware of.
@monerica I more or less fall into this camp. There's a school of thought that most rhetoric and logic is really just a post-hoc justification.
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