Dr. Novella, this sounds unbelievably frustrating. It’s a shame that people like this exist–Well, Marshall, there is eternal life, so you're stuck with my existence for quite a long time.
...people who are so tied to their beliefs that they will resort to nearly ANYTHING to make their case–even if it requires ignoring evidence and logic to such an extent that it makes them appear to have the cognitive capacity of a first grader.If we ignore evidence and logic, why do you guys always seem to lose the debates?
I go through cycles of “giving up” on these people, to “trying to make a difference.”Do keep trying.
Convincing individuals that they’re wrong rarely works, especially through argumentation, and it really only ends up making my blood broil.Materialists are so modern that their blood doesn't boil. It broils.
Do you really think that, if you presented an unbelievably clear, evidence-supported, logical argument that left absolutely no trace of uncertainty to you conclusion, that Egnor would say, “Hi Dr. Novella–you’re absolutely right, and I’ve been wrong this whole time. I’ll change my stance on dualism because I’m obviously wrong.”? Not in a million years!Try the argument, and see. I'm an open-minded guy.
I understand that these people serve as good examples for the general public of how the mind can be so easily deluded by belief, and the truth shrouded.Actually, Marshall, the public agrees with me. They're not educated enough to believe something as stupid as materialism.
Examples serve to make good educational points, and I’m glad you continue to do what you do. But it’s SO HARD to not to just get angry with these people for being so goddamn STUPID,Marshall gets so mad he keeps accidently hitting the 'caps lock' key.
and it’s difficult not to resort to their level of ad homine and baseless insults–that’s what our emotional brains are driving us to do.So I'm debating Marshall's brain. I've never debated a brain before. How does it type?
It takes strength to rise above this tendency.Materialists have to stay strong, for all of us.
But still, it’s so FRUSTRATING.That's right, Marshall. Some of us won't roll over. Peddling materialism ain't easy, especially when the customers keep asking questions. If only Christians would just shut up and applaud...