Argument is essential for
its own sake.” (Karl Popper)
conflict and in mental life
by argument and disputation....
There must be confrontation
and opposition, in order that
sparks must be kindled.
Only an open conflict of ideas
and principles can produce
Even if all were agreed on
an essential proposition, it
would be essential to give
an ear to the one person who
does not. J.S.Mill ]]
"It is the dissenters who force us to think, who
challenge received opinion, who nudge us
away from dead dogma to beliefs that have
survived critical challenge, the best that we
can hope for. Dissenters are of great value
even when they are largely or even totally
mistaken in their beliefs. As Mill put it: ‘Both
teachers and learners go to sleep at their post,
as soon as there is no enemy in the field." ’
(Nigel Warburton: "Talk With Me."
Dissenters are a pain in the ass. I don't like
dissenters and will give them my best hard
time--who do they think they are anyway?
Leave it alone if they don't love it.
Dissenters are a thorn in the flash, pea under
the mattress, monkey wrench in my cognitive
assonance, BB Wolf at the door. Demoralizing.
Put me on defense--and then offense, too, when
ever some dissenter rears his ugly head. Rocks
the boat. We all know the emperors got no clothes,
new or old. We agree that he has for reasons
of sustainability. Terrorists.