I love debate, I love encountering different viewpoints, and I love changing my mind about things. But every once in a while, I come across a set of views that is so clearly insane that I get baffled and creeped out.
In the 10 years I’ve had this blog, there’s been a couple of such discussions. One had to do with why so many people in this country are morbidly obese. I thought it was obvious that this is caused by what and how people eat and we could proceed from there. But people started passionately to defend the idea that this is “genetic.” In the monoethnic, monoracial Ukraine this might make sense. But in the very multiethnic US that has gathered people literally from everywhere in the world, the idea is ludicrous. What spooked me was the refusal to admit that obesity might have something to do with diet. Yes, there is a minuscule number of people with rare medical conditions who eat very little and still blow up. But they are outliers. Almost everybody who’s fat eats too much.
Another such topic was the heroin epidemic. People refused to admit that large amounts of drugs were pouring into the country from Mexico. The fact that Mexico is ravaged by drug cartels was no obstacle to people refusing to accept that those cartels were likely to bring drugs into the US.
Or the refusal to accept that it’s either open borders or welfare. You can’t have both. I respect honest free market libertarians like reader Izgad or sincere anarchists like David Gendron. They don’t want welfare and are ok with open borders. I disagree but I respect their ideas. It’s the incapacity to see the contradiction that creeps me out.
Do you have examples of such creepy discussions where it’s not about ideological differences but, rather, about a refusal to accept facts?