The Benefits of Disagreement

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To add to this, I would point out that social media apps tend to prevent disagreeing outsiders. Because their algorithms are careful to suggest things the user agrees with/likes, it is easy for people to avoid the ideas of others different from themselves. Not that this could never happen naturally, but these apps make it very easy. On an unrelated note, the people in the thumbnail shaking with their left hand is hurting my mind.


>He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion… Nor is it enough that he should hear the opinions of adversaries from his own teachers, presented as they state them, and accompanied by what they offer as refutations. He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them…he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty


Echochambers are the inbreeding of knowledge.


The downgrade of outsider arguments is a result of a competitive society with a focus on staying at the top and being on the winner side. The logic of this is simple, by acting like a mob and creating a moment of oppression, the own side is winning even when the argument is wrong. Because this has positive outcomes for the career or simply a higher status in a social group. Vice versa, in a non competitive and consensual managed society, winning is a disadvantage, because making someone to an outcast, destroys the foundation of values. This is the reason, I believe the argument of the author is quite weak. There is no way people focused on gaining advantage even with lies becoming convinced to act better, when the incentive is a higher status in society. The isolated discussion of incentives by thinking about new arguments, is lacking the discussion of processes in human societies.


It has only been the last 2 years or so where I can say “having someone challange what I say allows me to strengthen my argument in the future.” Of course I am only 23 but I wish I had found this idea pleasing alot sooner.