…nce climate change to make its reality inarguable, it will be far too late to do anything about it. So the stakes between the two questions are very different, but the truth of bias remains a truth underlying our culture’s inability to agree on either one. Deniers have no use for logic, a…
Jack Preston King
Right! we can come up with such thought experiments, for any number of more consequential social issues — vaccine advocacy vs. anti-vaxxers, pro-choice vs. pro-life — to the point that our debates on religion vs. atheism will seem tame and harmless in comparison.
Now let me just play devil’s advocate for a second. If these experiments merely show that formal logic constructs can expose cognitive bias, then is it not misleading to conclude that they prove that Camp A & Camp B are equially logical? Is it not a form of apologetics to use such mental gymnastics to suggest that believers & non-believers, climate change adherents and skeptics, vaxxers and non-vaxxers — are equially logical?