Blog: Illusions as Reality: Why Some People Just Cannot be Reached - 2018-11-08

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F0.png Illusions as Reality: Why Some People Just Cannot be Reached November 8, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Have you ever had a really hard time getting through to someone?

Have you engaged with people on social media or in real life about something that was important to you, about which you knew a lot, but you simply could not budge the other person no matter what you said or did?

Let's talk about why it's so hard to talk to some people, why no matter what you say or how you say it, there is nothing you are able to do to crack them or even get them to acknowledge the things you said. It has to do with propaganda, our brain, our imagination and something called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It can be tough to keep these things in mind in the heat of a debate or social media argument, especially when you're all fired up over some hot topic issue. But if your goal is to change hearts and minds, or at least understand opposing points of view, you have to remember that some people you interact with do not see the world the same way you do. I don't mean just a difference of opinion over a set of facts. If that was all we had to contend with, debates and rhetoric would be easy. No, the problem is one of perception.