Emotional responses. I believe one can not win emotional arguments with reason and logic. Therefore, how would one respond?
What is the emotional argument supporting abortion?
What is the emotional argument supporting gay marriage?
What is the emotional argument supporting DACA?
What is the emotional argument supporting ateist belief?
Not sure but:
I want to abort my baby because it has been diagnosed with a wholly unformed brain so it will exist like a cabbage. To see it every day so pitiful and so wholly dependent on others for the whole of its life without a sentient life is more than I can bear?
It would prevent 2 people who love each other deeply from making the public, social and legal commitment to each other thereby committing them to a lifetime of hidden misery. Would you want to life a life like that?
Would you like it if you were forced to worship and pretend to love and believe a false god? Would you like to be persecuted because you believed the wrong god?
Do they cut the mustard?
Atheist and Agnostics are just as emotionally bound up in their world view. Just take a stroll through Youtube comments and decide if their vitriolic comments are purely designed to persuade and cajole the ignorant to abandon their beliefs, or if they are forcefully trying to re-assure their own comprehension.
And, I think that unless you are a genius, we have to have a lot of just trust in the scientists who tell us how things work, based on their published expert knowledge and research. I couldn't refute many of them even IF they were wrong.
It's a sobering thought, but over 50% of scientific papers are proven wrong within 12 months, and that's only the ones that other scientists bothers to validate.
I do not agree with your premise that the topics you name necessarily have "emotional" components...yes, a person might be unhappy at realizing they are gay, and fight it, or stay in the closet, but the Fact is, it is an inborn condition. Therefore, it is none of anyone else's business to tell themwho to love/marry, anymore than it would be to tell you how to live if you had, for example, impetigo.
A woman may feel terrible about needing an abortion, but it is physical Fact that leads her to get one (health and/or economic factors)
It is a Fact there is no gawd, why would there be emotional components to that? And so on....
I think you may be confusing facts with emotional REACTIONS, with which there has never been any reasoning.
All responses and decisions are based on feelings or emotions. We only use logic (or do not) to choose which feeling we will follow. Usually we choose the feeling makes us feel the best. So if you value logic, than the most logical choice is the one you will choose. If not, then you will make the choice that supports whatever it is you value. Kindness, morality, religion, sympathy, empathy etc.
Too true. However, we should accept that we too are swayed by emotional bias. Some of the ones that are rampant in this group are skepticism, empiricism, and anti-authoritarianism.
Nor does reason provide an absolute bulwark.I don't recall who observed that there is nothing compelling about a mathematical proof. If someone doesn't accept one all you can do is offer another.
“If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?”
Do not get involved in emotional arguments.
The emotional argument for abortion- Babies born to mothers who don't want to be mothers grow up to be lawless hooligans who will refuse to git off yer lawn!
Emotional argument for gay marriage- Gay dudes who aren't able to marry their lovers will probably marry women to keep up appearances which means there are fewer fish in the sea for the rest of us!
Emotional argument for DACA- If they send Rosa back to Guatemala who will wash your dishes and clean your floors?!
Emotional argument for atheism- God is an asshole, if you don't believe in him, maybe he will leave you alone!
Sadly, argent's based on emotions instead of facts end brutally. And it seems society is headed that direction. There will always be people who argue intellectually, however if no one is listening to them the entire structure our society is built upon (technology) will ultimately fail and we will wind up beating each other with clubs and stones, once the bullets run out (in America at least). Think The Walking Dead, just without the zombies.
Some days I worry about this. Other days I'd welcome it.