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Passion Level Not Good Indicator Of Truth

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on February 20, 2001 22:11:38 UTC


We humans use passion as an indicator of importance, but it's unreliable. Someone who believes passionately in an idea can sway more persons to her point of view than someone who shows little passion for their view.

Mr Football Watcher might have a greater passion for his football team than he does for his family. Does that mean who wins the football game is more important to society than what happens to the families being ignored by all the Mr. Football Watchers? I don't think so.

Many more people care (have passion) for their favorite fictional movie than they do for the relativistic mass increase that occurs to high speed particles in reactors, but does that mean fictional movies are more true than nonfictional scientific observations? Of course not.

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