Logic Rarely Beats Emotion
Logic Rarely Beats Emotion In An Argument
Those of us that ground ourselves in numbers and statistics and who revere the great almighty Truth may be dismayed to discover that logic is a poor ally in almost all arguments – especially when compared to the oh-so-tempting emotional argument. Does this mean that you should instead use emotion to try and sway? Well, ultimately, this is up to you. Certainly, there is little point speaking to people in a way that they do not compute. Just like there is no point screaming at someone in a language they don’t speak. Just remember, logic rarely beats emotion. At least without other tools of rhetoric to back it up.
We are emotional creatures first, logical creatures second. This can be seen in the development of the brain. The prefrontal cortex was the last part of the brain to develop in our hominoid ancestors. It provides a secondary function. It is a mere servant to the tyrannical, child-like monster that is your amygdala.
In fact, in many arguments I’ve been in, those arguing the other side have labeled my logic as callous, my reasoning as apathy. And, in a way, they are right. For in order to be logical you have to have a level of detachment. But, logic and empathy are not mutually exclusive. So they denounce a sound argument by virtue of its soundness.
Late on this Friday night, I’m unsure what is to be done in such scenarios other than showing compassion, patience, and acceptance. Particularly acceptance. There is never a guarantee that you’ll change someone’s opinion and if you don’t accept this, it will cause you a great deal of pain.
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