Re: Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds.
"I think there's a lot of truth in this statement.
Belief systems are a curious thing and are based largely, IMO, on what we CHOOSE to believe from what other people have said and written and on our own observations of the world.
We hold certain beliefs that we subconsciously believe are essential to our survival and if we can't break through this, we'll reject a lot of new ideas.
Or we have a vested interest based on certain "facts".
What is fact, that is the question. There are many "facts" that aren't real facts, IMO, just our beliefs as to which are the true facts.
I'd express it more as whether people will accept new discoveries. Example: Isaac Newton discovered the "fact" of gravity, which was already there - gravity was an undiscovered "fact" before Newton studied and named it."
It is a fact that Mira stated the quotation above!)
The naming of gravity, is an interesting point. Definition born into the human consciousness, through the communication of words. Hence most facts are communicated through words, ultimately every argument will end up being an argument of logic where we determine if the inference of a group of messages or a source of information is reliable. If the information source is deemed reliable by us then we trust that source. Without reliable inference "democracy" as a binding concept does not adhere.