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Dec 02, 2018 06:18:26

How imagination disciplines reason

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Victoria Maung

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In an increasingly data-driven world, there may be less argument about what is objectively true. For example, there is the perennial discussion about whether or not anthropogenic climate change exists. The empirical consensus strongly suggests "yes," yet there exists a handful of people who don't believe so. Or maybe less consequentially, there are those who believe in the paranormal and those who do not. 

Traditionally, we like to believe that anything socially constructed is tantamount to falsehood. However, these social constructs--regardless of veracity--gives rise to tangible changes, such as the election of representatives with these shared beliefs or sacrifice at an evening at Fright Fest.

As such, it is worth remembering to consider others' beliefs as seriously as one's own. It is too easy to discount others' lived realities and their resulting judgments about the world. Just as one's own subjective experiences led them to their current belief system, whether it's scientific rationalism or conspiratorial thinking.

Even within the same room, each individual receives different environmental inputs and, over the course of time, become agents of their formed beliefs. Empathy, tolerance, and open dialogue is the first way to build bridges with others who might not see eye-to-eye. This may sound basic but is easy to forget during emotionally draining times.

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