And that is why you fail.

The last few days have been busy, stressful, and long. I’m working on writing something of a little more substance and importance, so expect that soon. The game reviews I had on the menu are temporarily on pause while I finish this up. My apologies.

I do want to draw attention to a very interesting article that addresses something I’ve struggled with for a long time.

I Don't Want to be Right

Why do People Persist in Believing Things That Just Aren’t True? – Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker

Anyone who talks with me on a semi-regular basis can attest that I love to argue. Anything. Part of this habit stems from my desire to learn more, refine what I know, and develop new ideas from the interesting opinions of others. The other part comes from the Emgee that was once a hopelessly optimistic idealist–the Emgee that believed he could change people’s minds.

I’ve since grown out of that delusion, but I still find myself obsessed with the notion of being a convincing person, capable of bringing those I meet to a point where they are capable of changing their own minds. My attempts to be influential by example are seldom successful; moreso than trying to change someone’s mind with wit and facts, but still needing work. I happened across this study, and was quite depressed by it.

I’d like to think that I’m quick to accept that I’m wrong, and I try to avoid holding onto information, beliefs, or habits that have been proven incorrect or antiquated. Most people, as this article so painfully points out, don’t hold these same ideals. I have high hopes for the future–hoverboards, exploration of the solar system and deep oceans, renewable energy becoming more possible, etc.–but knowing that the majority of humans don’t care, and don’t care not because they disagree, but just because they haven’t cared for so long, is vexing.

A question for any readers: How do you set about respectfully changing people’s minds?

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