The reality that showing facts to others is not persuasive is ridiculous.
I mean, I find it downright depressing.
It’s true though, if you think about it.
This is not to say that facts are not true. And this does not say that facts are not worth noting.
But, facts do not persuade people to change their minds.
Everyone knows this from social media arguments.
Nowhere has anyone ever seen a political or religious belief changed after an exhaustive list of facts were shown.
Give it a try if you want.
Find someone that disagrees with you on Capitalism/Socialism and list out your facts.
We both know how it will end.
There are many techniques that are persuasive – facts are just not one of them.
If you have ever tried to talk someone out of their political beliefs by providing facts, you know it doesn’t work. That’s because people think they have their own facts. Better facts. And if they know they don’t have better facts, they change the subject. People are not easily switched from one political opinion to another. And facts are weak persuasion.
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