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Six points explain “How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail” via @SciAm

It seems like, between this arti­cle and another I recall read­ing, ask­ing dis­senters to explain their view­points in as much detail as pos­si­ble usu­ally leads to more mid­dle ground rather than less. Thoughts?

If cor­rec­tive facts only make mat­ters worse, what can we do to con­vince peo­ple of the error of their beliefs? From my expe­ri­ence, 1. keep emo­tions out of the exchange, 2. dis­cuss, don’t attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum), 3. lis­ten care­fully and try to artic­u­late the other posi­tion accu­rately, 4. show respect, 5. acknowl­edge that you under­stand why some­one might hold that opin­ion, and 6. try to show how chang­ing facts does not nec­es­sar­ily mean chang­ing world­views. These strate­gies may not always work