Your coursework sounds great! Would that it were required of everyone...maybe to get a license to post on the internet:-)

Ok, Kahneman:

I liked the idea of deciding in advance what might settle the bet, as it were, and I liked the idea that the point of a discussion between contrasting viewpoints might be to deepen and not necessarily resolve...a shift from zero-sums to win/win.

(I like where we ended up, btw...definitely win/win.)

I assumed Kahneman was engaging in some degree of hyperbole. You're right, of course, people change their minds all the time. I think there's a contextual component here. Two scientists with opposing theories they've developed over decades are likely much less inclined to switch sides. Intelligent imaginative people with a full range of the facts can come up with a whole lot of reasons that apparent problems are dismissible. Kuhn thinks they often go down with the ship rather than change.

Probably it's that I've found Kahneman's work of high value so I'm inclined to come up with reasons that apparent problems are dismissible:-)

Buddhists:

Well, okay, what's agnostics? They took much of the Hindu worldview but shed the deities...at least in some schools. Can you believe in reincarnation and be agnostic?

I'm acquainted with two groups.

The Sherpa/Nepalese contingent are as you describe. Definitely with benign and wrathful deities but I'm not sure that these aren't viewed as manifestation of mind and that they don't even shed the Creator from the Hindu one Creator multiple manifestations view of the universe.

The strongly Zen influenced San Francisco Bay Area contingent don't seem to invoke anything not directly experienceable. A couple of friends are Jews who attend synagogue as well but don't invoke anything supernatural there either. So doubly agnostic? The orientation seems primarily seeking the congregation/sangha for a support system for deepening exploration and ethical action.

Anyway, onward: my whole current thing here on Medium is working to understand the dynamics of a lot of the current collective dementia in American politics in hopes of finding effective tools to counteract it so I'm in strong agreement with pretty much all that you've just said!

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Alan Tabor

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Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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