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To Believe and To Listen

Dave Burton
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Oh, this was a touching piece by The Oatmeal.

It's a loooong one, and it was well-worth taking the time to read and interact with fully. It is called Believe.

In this comic, Matthew Boyd Inman might make you angry, and it is with good intention. The comic he writes addresses the issue of beliefs, how we protect them with the Backfire Effect, and how we might possibly change our beliefs over time. He does not present the solution, but he presents a solution that he uses for himself, which I think is a good way of handling difficult or hard to accept ideas (each dependent and variable from person to person).

Something I think that might be an interesting way to help smooth interactions with people we have differing beliefs with might involve small and slow ideas, like the foot-in-the-door technique.

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